Great Faith | Luke 7:9
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 no wimp. He had risen in the ranks by hard work, skill, and valor. More than once, he had risked his life in the heat of battle. His character and leadership had been observed and rewarded. He was a commander of one hundred Roman soldiers in the world’s most powerful army. But now the strong leader was helpless. A loved and valued servant was sick and about to die. The man who could overpower countries couldn’t save his friend. In his time of trial, he 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 at the man’s trust. He 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 life. 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.” So, here’s our question: When the trial comes, what will you do? Will we give way to fear or hold on to faith? Are we willing to pass through the trial of faith in order to glorify God?
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. Drive fear from my heart and replace it with faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.