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.”
The man was a Roman soldier. Becoming a commander of one hundred soldiers in the world’s most powerful army, he had risen in the ranks by hard work, skill, and valor. But now this leader was helpless. A loved and valued servant was sick and about to die. The man who could control a military unit couldn’t save his friend. In his time of trial, this man turned to Jesus.
Before Jesus reached his house, the commander sent friends to tell Him, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.” The man understood what it meant to trust others in battle; now he transfers that trust to Jesus. “Say the word,” he told Jesus, “and my servant will be healed.” Jesus was amazed by this and said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”
Some people conclude that either you have faith or you don’t. That is simply not true! Trusting God is something we develop throughout our lives. George Mueller, the great man of faith, said, “We must allow [God] to educate us through trials . . . It is through trials that faith is exercised and developed more and more.” Mueller said that he would gladly pass through the trials of faith, “if [God] might be glorified, and his church and the world benefited.” Here’s the question: When trials come, what will you do? Will you give way to fear or hold on to faith? Are you willing to pass through the trials of faith in order to glorify God?
Father, I believe. Help my unbelief. Drive fear from my heart and replace it with faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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