Matthew 17: 14-20 Jesus heals boy
14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. 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.”
Time and time again Jesus proclaims that someone has little faith or great faith. Yet in this passage he calls them out on little faith and then says but all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed – so what kind of faith is “little” a speck of sand?There is a difference between so little faith and having little faith – the difference is in doubt. If you have little faith but great doubt then things won’t work out; but if you have little assured faith you can move a mountain. The bottom line in Jesus’ lessons is don’t put ANYTHING between you and your relationship with God, whatever it may be. Here it is doubt. With assurance all things are possible, the impossible becomes possible! Reflect on yourself are you someone with little faith and big doubt or are you someone with little assured faith?