Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
— Mark 11:13-14 (NIV)
One of the Bible stories that can be confusing to people is the story of the fig tree. They wonder why Jesus cursed it to the point that it withered and dried up. I think the reason is simple: It wasn’t doing what God designed it to do. Because it had leaves, it should have had fruit too.
The day after Jesus cursed the tree, He and His disciples passed it again, and the disciples were shocked to see that it had died. Seeing their shock, Jesus told them, Have faith in God (Mark 11:22 NIV). He then went on in Mark 11:23–24 to talk about the sheer power of faith.
As believers, we can choose to respond to what God says the way the disciples responded when Jesus spoke to the fig tree, and we can be surprised when His Word actually comes to pass. Or we can be filled with faith. When we read God’s Word or hear His voice, we can immediately begin expecting it to happen.
Fill your mind today with thoughts of faith and confidence in God, not with thoughts of doubting Him, questioning Him, or wondering if He means what He says.
Believe God’s Word and keep believing it until you see Him fulfill His promises.
Prayer of the Day: Father, help me to trust in Your promises and never be surprised when You fulfill them. Help me live with eager anticipation of Your movements and unwavering confidence in Your faithfulness. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.