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 trail, he turned to Jesus.
Before Jesus reached his house, the commander sent friends to say to 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 a learned 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 to those with him, “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 the question: When the trial comes, what will you do? Give way to fear? Or gladly pass through the trial of faith in order to glorify God?
Lord, we do believe. Please speak to our unbelief. In Jesus’ name. Amen.