Devotional: ‘Never Have I Seen Faith Like This!’

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Matthew 8:5 When Jesus arrived in Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and racked with pain.” 7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” 8 Then the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed! 9 I know, because I am under the authority of my superior officers and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this or that,’ they do it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel!

Jesus marveled at this man’s faith. “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel!” Rarely did Jesus encounter someone who had absolute faith in His power. Some would say, “If You will…”, while others would plead, “If You can…”, but rarely did the Master find someone who was convinced that all He had to do was say a word.

Though this Roman Centurion probably understood little about Jewish religion, he understood much about authority. “I am under authority and I have authority and I only need to say ‘Go’ or ‘Come’ and my men obey.” “Therefore I am prepared to accept whatever You command as something that will be done.” Unfortunately most of us are not so convinced. We read promise after promise in the Bible, yet we question whether or not they are real and whether or not God will fulfill them. Therefore, in reality, we are ‘faith-less.’ The faith we profess is not valid because we are not absolutely convinced. We are like the double-minded man James speaks of, who is unstable in all his ways.

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel! 11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12 But many Israelites — those for whom the Kingdom was prepared — will be cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go on home. What you have believed has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

Christ is looking for those who have absolute confidence in His power and authority. It is that kind of faith that pleases Him and causes Him to act. “Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go on home. What you have believed has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.”

 

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