Step Up, Day 49: What is Real Faith?
READ Matthew 8:5-13 (NKJV)
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
What is real faith? I know that seems like a scary question for anyone to ask, but I think sometimes we miss it even the most people assume they know exactly what real faith is. We have great biblical answers: it is a certainty of things we cannot see, the belief that the thing that we hope for is a reality even if we cannot prove it. In this story we see a beautiful picture of what real faith truly looks like.
Jesus is confronted with a Gentile and this man has heard of His power and of his mercy he needs a healing. He knows that Jesus has the power and willingness to meet the need. When Jesus offers to go and meet this man, his response is so beautiful. He tells Jesus that he’s not worthy have Him at his home, and that he doesn’t even need to come because all Jesus needs to do is speak the word and the healing will happen.
I’ve often wished I could’ve been a bystander to see the power of Christ. For some reason I’ve always assumed it would make my faith stronger if I was able to witness with my very own eyes the marvelous works of the Lord. But perhaps in some way if I could see the miracles, I would be weaker instead of stronger because a faith that requires evidence isn’t a genuine faith. We must trust in the Lord and in faith believe he is more than able to show us a miracle.
What areas of say are hard for you to accept? During your prayer time today confess to God any of the areas of your faith that at times are weak. Most of us struggle with that at least one area.. Some of us struggle to believe that God Will provide, some of us struggle to believe that God is ever present, and some of us struggle to believe that God really cares. Take your struggle to him in and faith that he can fill your life.