“Did you get enough?” If I could only count the number of times I have said this to the folks at my dinner table over the years! As the chief cook in our home it has always been a priority to me to know that my family/guests had enough to eat! Leftovers were a good sign because to me, it affirmed that I had made enough for all to leave the table satisfied. If we ran out of something, it was a reflection on my planning and not on their eating (this became a challenge as those young boys became teens with bottomless pits!). My meal plans became larger in quantity and selection…and I always made sure that
I made more than enough.
I have noticed that the pressure I put on myself in the kitchen has carried over to my walk with the Lord, more specifically, to my prayer life.
Do I have enough?
Do I have enough FAITH to believe God for the little things, how about for the middle size prayers and more so lately, for the “out of the box” big requests I have been throwing His way? My head knowledge knows what the Word says about God being all powerful, all knowing, above all and able to do above and beyond all I could ask or imagine. I have seen God move in amazing ways already and I know my faith has grown.
I am asking for more these days.
-more radical changes
-more changing of the atmosphere spiritually
I have noticed a tension within me; I am asking for God to do more and yet I am feeling that I am responsible for the outcome ‘of more’. It is almost the pressure of running out of a favorite side dish and feeling that I didn’t make enough! If ‘the more’ that I am asking God for doesn’t happen right away, it must be on my end!
So how much faith is enough to accomplish ‘the more’ in the areas I am crying out to God for? Do I need to pray longer, harder and louder? Are those things what move the heart of God?
How much faith is enough?
Matthew 17:20 reads
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Faith the size of a mustard seed is enough. That is so small in size yet big big big in potential!
My faith only needs to be the size of a mustard seed for it to be more than enough.
My faith will grow from hearing through the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17). The more I study WHO God says He is and what HE is capable of in the Scriptures, the greater my faith grows. It is important that our small mustard size faith grows!
Faith is a two step process though:
1. Growing through learning what the Bible says (head knowledge).
2. Growing through living out what the Bible says (heart knowledge/experience/testimony).(James 2:14-19)
Back to my original thought, “How much is enough?”
Think small, think mustard seed faith. The issue really isn’t really “Am I capable of bringing enough to the table for God to move in a big way” but rather it is in the Lord’s ability to take my small amount of faith and do something mighty through it.
My faith can be small for starters because HE is really big and He will be the One who always makes sure there will always be enough!
I pray in faith and believe with my mustard-sized faith…and HE is the one who parts the sea, raises the dead, heals the leper, multiplies the fish and loaves and brings the prodigal home.
Small faith is enough….because HE is the multiplier, the One who promises to do above and beyond!
Now back to the kitchen!