The power of faith

As the United States fought the Axis powers in World War II, scientists discovered splitting one of the tiniest particles of matter, an atom of Uranium, would yield enormous power. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the most powerful explosion known.

Who could have realized splitting something as small as an atom would create such a terrible result? The explosion over Hiroshima killed thousands of people. Another bomb dropped on Nagasaki had the same effect.

There is power in small things.

Jesus’ disciples came to him because they could not cast a demon out of man’s son. The Lord told them the reason for their failure was that their faith was too little (Matthew 17:20). He said if they had faith the size of a grain of mustard seed, they could move mountains. Jesus used a well-known figure to describe a truly great power.

Abraham was a man of significant faith. He left his home in the Ur of the Chaldees in what is now southeastern Iraq. He walked from the Persian Gulf to modern-day Palestine simply because God told him to go to a land he would show him. God spoke, and Abraham obeyed. That is what faith is.

Later in life, God told Abraham to take his only son, the son God promised would become a great nation, and offer him as a sacrifice. What did Abraham do? Abraham and his son, Isaac, started walking to Mt. Moriah. They didn’t stop until they arrived at the mountain. Abraham attempted to kill his son in obedience to God. An angel stopped him.

Can we have the kind of faith Abraham had? Can we attain the power Jesus described? Abraham was a human, and so are we. It only makes sense that we can do what he did. But how can we?

The apostle Paul wrote, “Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). If we put the word of God into our minds, we can have a power the world has never known. The power of faith! 

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