Daily Scripture Reading: Luke 17:5-6 KJV

Luke 17:5-6 KJV
(5)  And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
(6)  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.


I’m not being asked to do the impossible. A tiny mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, said, “You are asking me to do the impossible.” It was lying on the soft mold where it had fallen.

It was suddenly caught with a spadeful earth and buffed. In reality, only a few inches. It lay there in darkness and neglect. A tiny green shoot grew from the ground and looked up at the parent-tree. It whispered softly, “Perhaps it will be possible after all.” “Do what?” “Perhaps, I will be a great tree where the birds can shelter.” But you told me it was impossible just a few weeks back. It was then that I didn’t know that Mother Nature would do such a wonderful job in me. If she continues to pour herself into me, as she has, there is no way I can stop her from working in me. But not me, but her life that dwelleth and works in me.

It is not necessary to explain or enforce what the allegory means. Our Lord asked His disciples to forgive Him “until seventy-seven times seven”, and they replied that this would not be possible without a tremendous increase in faith. The Master replied, “No,” “You don’t need quantity but quality.”

The smallest channel of faith that is open to His Almighty power will allow God’s fullness to flow through it. Faith is an open heart to Him. Christ lives in us through faith. Hudson Taylor heard God speak to him: “I am going evangelize inland China. If you will walk alongside Me, I’ll do it through You.” D.L. D.L. It’s not what we do that matters, but what God does through our lives. His great power, which passes through the smallest aperture of faith, continues to hollow it out wider.

PRAYER for Today

Your Most Gracious Lord, Thou truly saidst, “Without me ye cannot do nothing.” This is evident from our past failures and the fact that we have worked in our own strength to make it so. We need to believe that we can channel Thy amazing power through the little faith that we have. AMEN.