When Jesus and His disciples passed by the tree the next day, they discovered that Jesus’ words—the words He had heard His Father say—had come to pass: “The next morning as they passed by the fig tree He had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up” (Mark 11:20).
In the 24 hours since Jesus had spoken, the Word was working “from the roots up.” Jesus had spoken to the root of that particular situation. He didn’t call fire down from heaven. He didn’t send freezing rain. He didn’t send a blight. No, He went to the roots.
It’s the same with most situations—poverty, disease, depression or lack. The Word affects change at the root. Even when we can’t see or feel it, the Word is still working. Our responsibility is to trust God Word to work and to uphold it with our own words, agree with God’s Word, and thank Him for its fulfillment.
Once Jesus spoke to the fig tree, He considered the situation settled. He didn’t agonize over it or beg for God to make it so. No, He spoke to the tree and walked off. He trusted that His words would be fulfilled, and so can we. Once we speak God’s Word over a situation, we can trust that He will make it happen. We can peacefully turn the situation over to Him and then praise Him for the desired result.
Jesus used this encounter with the fig tree to teach His disciples, and ultimately believers throughout history, how to walk by faith—the God kind of faith. He knew the importance of the power of faith in God. When challenges come, we, as believers, have a choice. We can muddle through and let the enemy determine the outcome, or we can walk by faith and trust the Word of God to overcome Satan’s fiery darts every time. The choice is ours. God has given us the tool—His Word, and Jesus has taught us what to do. Now, it’s up to us to make the most of it by using the type of faith in the Bible…the God kind of faith!