Matthew 17:20 "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, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."


I went to the Great Smoky Mountains on vacation last week. What an inspiration! As I stood at the highest peak and looked out over the mountains, I started thinking about what Jesus said in Matthew 17:20. I gazed in awe at the majesty of the mountains before me. What power it would take to move one of them. And how tiny, I thought, is a grain of mustard seed.

We put our faith in many things during our lifetime. I remember once, many years ago, I had great faith in my pastor. I thought he was the best person I knew and above reproach. I confided in this man one day; poured out my heart to him in total confidence. He then preached a sermon on everything I had told him the very next Sunday. I remember, I cried through the whole message because of the lost faith in the man of God! We cannot put our faith in men because they are only human and subject to the same weaknesses we are; they are sure to let us down. And each time we lose faith in someone, we become discouraged and weaker in our belief.

Some people have faith only in what they can see saying, that is the only thing in life that is real. Money, houses, land, what they have made or carved out for themselves here on earth. But they can lose their jobs, money and land, their houses can burn down or blow away. These are temporal things that will belong to others when they die. Still others place their faith totally in themselves. They feel as though they can trust no one; they hold their futures in their own hands and are the masters of their own destiny. What these people do not realize is they could become terminally ill tomorrow and have to rely on someone else for the simplest, basic needs of life.

There is no one worthy of our faith except The Great God Jehovah. He is the God of the mountains and the God of the valley. He will be there when money, houses and land are gone. He will hear our deepest secrets and keep them! He and only He can supply our every need. He will be our friend and confidant and comfort us when we are down and even on our death bed. Only He knows our future. He holds it firmly and securely in His huge, strong hand and He will never let it go as long as our faith remains in Him.

Don't place your faith in unworthy men, material things or even yourself. Place your faith in a God who never fails and you will have power that others only dream of!


I don't know about tomorrow,
I just live from day to day;
I don't borrow from it's sunshine,
For it's skies may turn to gray.
I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said;
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden's getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow,
Where the mountains touch the sky!

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand;
But I know who holds tomorrow,
And I know who holds my hand!

Ira F Stanphill, 1950




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