January 22, 2016
It is not human suffering that moves our Lord, but our great faith. There are significant changes in the life of faith after severe testing. Tragedy continues to strike, year after year, generation after generation. “Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land.” (Luke 4:25).
The miracles that Jesus performed are profound but taken as a percentage of the world population, they are very few and reserved for the faithful. When Jesus encountered the Roman Centurion (a Captain in today’s Army), he commented on his faith. The Centurion was an occupier of Israel, a Gentile, a sign of oppression to the Jewish people!
God is not a nationalist who plays favorites with race, gender, or ethnic background. We all bear his image. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1). The Centurion displayed this in his actions of his life. Before, during, and after knowing Jesus. Do you have great faith?
“Why should the peace of a true Christian be disturbed by anything which man can do unto him? Has not God promised to make all things work together for good to those who love him?”
― Stonewall Jackson
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!”
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