And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. Matthew 21:19
God is a God of faith. Hebrews 11:6 notes that without faith it is impossible to please God. God loves when we operate in faith because it illustrates that we trust Him and allows Him to show up mightily in our lives. We must have faith that He will bring what He has promised to past in our lives. Consequently, although the words we speak are important, what is more important is the faith that is in our hearts. Notice that in today’s verse of Scripture in Matthew 21:19, the fig tree Jesus spoke to withered away because of His faith. We know that the fig tree died because of Jesus’ faith because He only spoke a few words to it which were, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.” Jesus had so much faith in His heart that He did not have to speak paragraphs or volumes to the fig tree. He simply uttered nine words and it withered away. Similarly, God started this universe with a few words. There was so much faith in God’s heart that He simply said four words, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). To take it a step further, certain translations, including the Rotherham version of the Bible simply state that God said two words, “Light be.” The same principle is true in our own lives. When we are confronted with brokenness in any area of our lives whether financially, relationally, or physically we need only to say a word such as “shalom” which means nothing missing or broken. It also means peace and restoration. What is important is not the quantity of words that are spoken but the faith that is in our hearts.