Moving The Mountains: Obstacles In Our Lives

Have you ever had obstacles in your life? Things that threatened to stop you from doing what you wanted to do and being who you wanted to be? If you’re like most teens, this probably sounds familiar. Sometimes there’s just a pebble (metaphorically) that tries to make you stumble. Maybe there’s a boulder that you have to climb over. Every now and then there’s a mountain: A huge, towering opponent that refuses to let us pass. So what do we do about these obstacles? Matthew 21:21-22 says this:

I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, “May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,” and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.

These two verses can be confusing. You may be thinking, “Seriously? I can throw a mountain into the ocean just because I have faith?” And then you may think, “Well, that must take a whole lot of faith!” Here’s another verse, Matthew 17:20, that has a little more to say about this:

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.”

Now, this may be starting to sound really out-of-this-world. But here’s the thing: Like what I was doing, Jesus (the speaker in these verses) is using metaphors. (Of course, God is perfectly able to move mountains, real or not, with good reason!)

Whether your next mountain is a big test, a struggling friendship, or anything else, God has the power to move it. We just need to have faith. Another good thing to do is go to him in prayer, for Matthew 7:7-8 says:

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

A lot of times (even though God already knows what you’re going to ask), we really just need to pray first. And when we pray, God will always answer.

TTT

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