For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23, NKJV
If you can’t move that mountain, then tunnel through it, goes the logic of positive thinking; but there are times the ground is too tough, the task too formidable and the challenge too great. You don’t have a shovel big enough to make a tunnel through the mountain.
Perhaps you will recall that Jesus talked about moving mountains. He told the disciples: “I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23).
Note, if you would, that whenever Jesus said, “I say to you“–what He was saying was a sharp break with what was commonly taught by religious leaders in His day, and usually a break with conventional wisdom. Just a minute, you may be thinking, “What is this business about moving mountains all about? Everybody knows that mountains can’t be moved.” That’s the whole point. It’s impossible. Jesus was never suggesting that the disciples say, “OK, Mt. Tabor, be moved into the Mediterranean half way between Tel Aviv and Cyprus.”
Jesus used an expression which was understood by the people of His day. He is saying that faith moves mountains–things which should not happen in the natural take place because God honors the simple prayer of His child.
There are some things which your VISA or Mastercard will not buy, some things which the most skilled surgeon in the world cannot do, but God can. We are often intimidated by what people tell us cannot happen, and then we begin to believe that even God cannot move that mountain. Don’t believe it.
Moving a mountain is so great a challenge that only God can do that sort of thing, and right there we also find the key to getting mountains moved. Let’s go back to the beginning.
When Moses undertook to tell us about creation, in the first paragraph he explained that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” The who? The Holy Spirit, the same one who filled the 120 with God’s power in the Upper Room at Pentecost, the same one in our world today who convicts us of our need for God, and then who changes lives.
So what’s the point? It is God’s Spirit who works in the lives of people today, and like dynamite which moves a stony mountain, God’s Spirit is the mountain-mover who makes things happen, which only God can do. He moves the mountain.
Telling about changed lives, Jim Cymbala says, “When strangers visit our churches today, they need to see something happening that reinforces the message of salvation. They need to meet the reclaimed alcoholic, the reunited family, the former homosexual who has been turned around, the sick person who was healed–something that bears witness to a living, powerful Savior.” And that is the mountain-moving power of God’s Spirit in the lives of people today.
A song goes, “Got any rivers you think are uncrossable,/ Got any mountain you can’t tunnel through?/ God specializes in things thought impossible,/ And He can do what no other power can do.”
God hasn’t gone back to heaven and closed the door.
There’s good news! God is still in the mountain-moving business, doing what He alone can do; and when your mountain is moved, you will clearly see what lies beyond. No longer will your vision be obscured. Someday you will see the hand of God move your mountain. Don’t believe so it will happen; believe because what God says, He will do.
Resource reading: Mark 11