Your Mountains Can’t Get Bigger But Your Faith Certainly Can
Today’s lesson comes from “Romans 10:17″ which says ” So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. The Amplified Bible says, “So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).
Today’s thought is “Your Mountain Can’t Get Any Bigger, But Your Faith Can!”
A story told in January 2000 in the Seattle Times spoke about a the famed mountain climber George Mallory, who may have been the first person ever to reach the top of Mount Everest. In the early 1920’s he led a number of attempts to scale the mountain, eventually being killed in the third attempt in 1924.
Before that last and fatal attempt was noted to have said “I can’t see myself coming down defeated.” You see, Mallory was an extraordinary climber, and nothing would force him to give up. His body was found in 1999, well preserved by the snow and ice, 27,000 feet up the mountain, just 2000 feet from the peak. And no, he did not give up. His body was found face down on a rocky slope, with his head looking toward the summit; his arms were extended high over his head; His toes were pointed into the mountain; his fingers dug into the loose rock, refusing to let go even as he drew his last breath. A short length of cotton rope – broken – was looped around his waist.
When those who had set up camp for Mallory further down the mountain returned to England, a banquet was held for them. A huge picture of Mt Everest stood behind the banquet table. It is said that the leader of the group stood to be applauded, and with tears streaming down his face, he turned and looked at the picture and said these words. “I speak to you, Mt Everest, in the name of all brave men living and those yet unborn, Mt Everest, you defeated us once; you defeated us twice; you defeated us three times. But Mt Everest, we shall someday defeat you, because you can not get any bigger, but we can.” In 1953 two climbers reached the top.
There are many times in our lives that we are faced with challenges and problems that seem big as mountains, yet no matter how big your mountain may seem, your faith in God can always grow bigger…and God is bigger than any mountain! The text says that faith comes by continually hearing God’s Word. Make it a practice to hear God’s Word daily, whether you read out loud to yourself, you listen to the Word spoken by someone else etc. The more of God’s Word you hear and believe, the more your faith will grow and you will be able to stand on top of your mountains, victorious.
Remember, your mountains can’t get any bigger, but your faith in God certainly can!