When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
As He entered the city of Capernaum, Jesus was stopped to heal a centurion’s servant. The Roman soldier sent some friends to tell Jesus that he did not deserve to have the Lord come into his house. As a leader, this centurion understood authority. He told Jesus, “Say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
Jesus was amazed at the centurion’s faith. This man understood the power of Jesus. He knew that Jesus could just as easily heal from a distance as He could in person. Jesus wanted to make sure the crowd following Him did not miss the point. He turned to them and said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” From a distance Jesus healed the centurion’s servant.
Jesus does not want us to miss the point of this story: although He is not physically present, He can still do His powerful work in our lives. Maybe you need physical or emotional healing. Maybe you need spiritual renewal. Maybe you need healing in your marriage or relationships with your children. Maybe you need to find a job. Although Jesus’ physical presence is not with you, His power is not diminished. Sitting at the right hand of God, He still speaks with authority. Place your requests before God. Believe in His ability to meet your needs. Amaze Jesus with your faith. Then wait on His timing and will. He is the God of all authority!
Father, teach me the difference between faith that believes and waits on Your perfect timing and will, versus presumptuous demands in which I call the shots and expect my way. Teach me that amazing faith is absolute dependence on you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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