Faith often gets a bad rep these days simply because of certain preconceived notions and stereotypes. For instance, when many hear the word faith, they begin to think of a time when someone told them, “If you just had more faith, then you wouldn’t have this problem,” or, “You didn’t get healed because you just didn’t have enough faith.” Of course, while the people who say this might mean well, their concept of faith is so far from the truth.
Having said that, the right response is not to ignore the concept of faith or to run the other direction. Rather, the right response is to gain a proper understanding of what faith really is.
Put simply, our faith has the power to move the heart of God. Let that sink in for a moment. We know that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6), so it follows naturally that when we do respond in faith, we are operating in a capacity and realm that is very pleasing to God.
I want to be numbered among the people who actually moved God’s heart because of their faith. I want to be numbered among people like Abraham, Moses, and Mary. Abraham, when God was ready to completely wipe out a wicked city, had the faith to stand in the gap between God and the people and intercede. He moved the heart of God in such a way that God agreed to spare the city if even as few as ten righteous people could be found in it—but alas, not even ten were found.
Likewise, Moses moved the heart of God by having the faith to intercede on behalf of the rebellious Israelite people. When the Israelites turned away from the Lord, God wanted to destroy them all. But because of Abraham’s faith and intercession, he actually moved the heart of God in such a way that God decided to spare the people.
Of course, I love the story of Mary. When a miracle was needed at the wedding at Cana, Jesus told Mary that it was not yet His time to work miracles. However, Mary’s response of faith, instructing the servants to obey whatever Jesus said, moved God’s heart in such a way that, within moments, what was formerly not the right the time then became the exact right time.
Mary’s faith moved the heart of God. Moses’ faith moved the heart of God. Abraham’s faith moved the heart of God. And our faith will move the heart of God too. So my question for you is: Where is your faith? What are you believing God for? Are your expectations and desires too low? Are you pressing in for God’s highest and His best?
Jesus’ disciples made a simple request of Jesus: that Jesus would increase their faith. And He did. Let that now be our request too. After all, the same faith that has the power to move mountains also has the power to move the heart of God.