Today I want to talk to you about “Moving Mountains.” I want the audacity of that statement to sink in for just a moment. A mountain is an immovable object. The very thought of that statement is cloaked in impossibility and yet, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23, ESV). Throwing mountains? What a strange statement. Is this simply hyperbole? Surely Jesus does not mean this? In this article I want to talk for a few moments about mountain throwing.
Mountains and Miracles
This statement is not talking about events and circumstances that are naturally working out. I have a headache and I pray that God will take it away. After some time the headache is gone. Did God heal me or did the headache naturally go away? I would err on the side of answered prayer, but it could be argued that the headache was going to subside eventually anyway. This is not the type of situation that is being described when Jesus talks about “Mountain Throwing.” Rather, this statement is talking about the “Supernatural,” that which goes beyond nature; where Divine intervention is required.
I was seeking some advice from my father about a marital situation that I was dealing with at the second church I had ever pastored. There was a lady who had been married multiple times (I believe five), and she had just decided to go back to one of her previous husbands. I asked my father, “How in the world do I handle this?” My father looked at me, and with a great deal of humility and wisdom said, “Tony, there are some things only God can straighten out.”
That’s the type of situation that Jesus is talking about; something that only God can work out. The interposing of God in a situation that, without Divine intervention, is without hope.
Mary, who had never been with a man, is found to be pregnant (Luke 1:26-35). Sarah becoming pregnant and giving Abraham a son in his old age, when both were past child bearing age (Genesis 21:2). Jesus feeding 5000 men plus women and children with only five (5) loaves of bread and two (2) fish (Matthew 14:19-20). Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14:25-27). All of these are examples of the kind of mountains or miracles that Jesus is talking about. The absolute impossible- unless there is Divine intervention.
Mountain throwing is an expression that means to remove impossible situations from your path and life. Maybe it’s a marriage falling apart. It could be a financial situation that is absolutely impossible to deal with. Quite possibly you might be facing failure that seems inevitable. And the fact is in your own strength and power, there are no solutions, hope, or help. In your own strength there will be no mountains thrown today. This is where Zechariah 4:6 comes crashing in. “Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (ESV).
You see the reality is, if in my power I could throw this mountain, I would have thrown it already. For many, they have already tried to throw that mountain with no success. No, it is not a matter of my strength, or finding enough power, but it is through the intervention of the Holy Spirit that mountains are thrown out of the way. Jesus is looking at you as he looked at the men in His day and says, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, ESV).
Resolve to find God’s will in your matter, let God intervene on your behalf, and become a Mountain Mover today.