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. Matthew 17:20
Jesus Christ had just come down from the mountaintop. He was transfigured in front of three of His twelve disciples. When He met up with the rest of the disciples, they were surrounded by a multitude.
A man from the multitude cried out to Jesus asking Him to heal his son. The man’s son had been indwelt by a demon for years, but when the disciples tried to cast out the demon, they couldn’t.
As the man was begging Jesus for help, he said, “And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.” Mark 9:22
This man did not have a lot of faith. He wasn’t even sure if Jesus could do anything. He just asked that if Jesus could, that He would. This man may not have had a lot of faith, but he at least had some faith. It is not the amount of faith that is most important, but in what (or Whom) the faith is placed. Jesus rebuked the demon, and the boy was miraculously spared!
Afterward, the disciples asked why they couldn’t remove the demon. Jesus told them it was because of their unbelief. It wasn’t that they didn’t have enough faith, but that they were lacking any faith at all. Jesus told them that even a little bit of faith can move mountains. It was not the amount of faith which was important, but the object of the faith. In whom do you place your faith?
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.