"The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you." - Luke 17:5-6
We are constantly trying to be greater, and become better and have more. The desire to be the best and have the best is reinforced in our culture, but only because it is something that is ingrained in our hearts. If I were willing to bet, I’d say that you have prayed for your faith to become greater, or be more abundant. I know I have, many times. But it isn’t the greatness, or the abundance of our faith that matters or what we should be praying for. It is the object of our faith that is of paramount importance, and what we should be constantly coming back to, and praying for. If we’re honest, we would say that we pray for greater and abundant faith because we recognize the true weakness of it, all the time. However, our Lord describes a small faith, that is capable of uprooting a tree and planting it in the ocean; only to say that impossible things can happen with a seemingly insignificant faith. How can this be?
Well this is good news for the Christian, because God doesn’t ground his blessings and peace on whether we summon a strong enough, or persistent enough faith. If this were the criteria, we would be once again, hopeless. Rather, it is looking to God’s greatness, and power, and persistence, and having faith in him, not ourselves. Faith in God, and not in faith produced by us, is the bedrock of calm and peace for our soul.