Today’s devotion for today is based on Matthew 8:5-9, “When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terrible.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
The Bible tells us that faith shows itself in the way people speak and act. The Roman soldier in our Bible reading for today is a good example. The centurion understood that Jesus could certainly order a thing and it would occur. When God commands something, it happens—whether it is the fall of snow or rain or the fall of nations. He knew this and simply asked for God’s grace and mercy to fall on his sick servant. His faith had the look of a man utterly and completely confident in God to answer any prayer.
That’s what faith looks like. Faith that is empowered by God’s Word trusts in the abilities of God to accomplish all things, even the most difficult and the impossible. God’s gift of faith instills confidence in the Lord’s promises. It comforts us with the peace of God’s favor. In faith, we walk in confidence in the way that God is taking us toward heaven. How precious is faith in Jesus!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, give me a faith that trusts your power and helps me live confidently according to your loving-kindness.. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.