Today’s Daily Devotion

“Because you have little faith,” he said. “I assure you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Go from here to there,’ and it will go. There will be nothing that you can’t do” (Matthew 17:20, CEB).

     The video captured a group of NASA scientists cheering and high-fiving one another when the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) spacecraft made an impact with the 560-foot wide asteroid known as Dimorphos. They were as giddy as a gang of ten-year-old boys blowing up a Disney princess doll with an M-80 firecracker. (Take it from me. Do not try this at home.)

     History was made on September 26, 2022, when the 1,300-pound spacecraft struck the 560-foot, mushroom-shaped rock at a speed of 14,000 miles per hour. The DART was completely destroyed on contact. It was a remarkable feat given that the DART had to travel over six million miles.

     The scientific purpose of this one-of-a-kind shot was to knock the asteroid off its trajectory. The test was to determine whether such a future mission might succeed in deflecting a catastrophic meteor from striking earth. What’s remarkable is the sheer difference in size between the two objects. DART is the size of a refrigerator, while Dimorphos is wider than the height of an Egyptian pyramid.

     As the saying goes, small items can pack a big punch. Jesus taught that a similar principle holds true with respect to one’s faith. Jesus claimed that even an object as small as a mustard seed carries the potential to move a mountain. Plainly put, the least measure of faith is greater than the greatest amount of difficulty.

     I have discovered that little is much with God by your side. God used Moses’ staff to bring about the release of the Hebrew slaves. God used nothing more than a small stone and a sling to slay a giant. God even used a child’s lunch to feed more than 5000 people.

     If God can use an object the size of a refrigerator to steer away a mountain-sized asteroid from destroying our planet, I believe there is nothing God cannot do to maximize your potential. Psalm 47:5 offers this assurance: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (NRSVC). Never forget, little is much with God by your side.

     Don’t be afraid to shoot for the moon. You may strike the fence post. Then again, you just may hit a shooting star.