Great Faith, Great God
DEVOTIONAL: Great Faith, Great God
Today, I had a hard time waking up and getting up from bed. It was a combination of fatigue from the past month of holiday hustle and bustle, and the past weeks of “’Tis the season to get sick”, not to mention the lack of enthusiasm in going back to work from a long vacation.
I finally got up after I asked Brooks to pray that God helps me to get up and we prayed. Yes, people, you can pray for anything and everything, from major issues to even the most minor issues such as help in getting up and going in your day.
This led me to share in this devotional a recent message on faith that I heard from a pastor. He said, “It’s not about you having faith or how great your faith is, it’s about having faith in a great God.”
Matthew 17:20 goes: And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Move hence to yonder place; and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
The Scripture implies that you don’t have to have the greatest amount of faith. It only takes faith as small as a mustard seed. That amount of faith can do great things ~ by a great God. (I couldn’t have gotten up today without God’s help.)
Great faith is not bad at all. But it does focus its attention and power to ourselves. We do our part to choose and have faith. But if we start thinking that it was solely us who gets credit for the power and all things possible, it shows we have overblown pride and false thinking. The true power comes from God. Furthermore, our human power can only go so far. God’s power is limitless; all things are possible with God. If there was any limit, it was God’s choosing to protect us from things we want but are not good or wise for us in the long run.
Speaking of “long run”, thanks to our great faith in a great God, He blessed us big-time last year, 2012. If you look back at all our past events (see our website: ohanaokeakua.com), I’m in awe in how much were made possible. I know it couldn’t have been in our own strength or pure adrenaline and passion, but in supernatural, divine help.
Now we are starting a new year and continuing our ministry. We may feel tired just thinking of all the practices, teaching, events, etc. and that feeling would be naturally understandable and a given. If we base it on our own power, it would not be possible physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, etc. If we base it on our great God’s great power? Well, you get the gist now ~ Matthew 17:20.