In the preceding blog, we have discussed about the healing miracle performed by Jesus to a leper. We have expounded on the healing process that took place in his life; Jesus has the power and willingness to heal. We only have to believe first.
In this devotional, we will discuss on another healing miracle. But what makes this story different is that the main character involves a Roman centurion. In the account of Matthew, we see this centurion appeal to Jesus:
“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” (Matthew 8:6 NIV)
Point 1: It takes courage and humility to actually acknowledge your need in a desperate situation. In this case, I believe that God intervened in this centurion’s heart to see that the help his servant needed is Jesus. I can also assume this Roman officer saw or may have heard about the healing feat of Jesus. The point is, this officer has an authority of his own (see Matthew 8:9). And to acknowledge that even though you have authority yet you do not have the power to change curcumstances is courage and humility in itself.
Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” (Matthew 8:7 NIV)
Point 2: God knows exactly what we need even before we ask Him. As in many of the accounts of Jesus in the 4 gospels, we can see Him deal directly with the issues of human heart. And this always include our deepest needs and desires. Jesus knew exactly why this centurion approached Him. Also, we can again see here the very heart of Jesus when it comes to healing us: He has the power and willingness.
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. (Matthew 8:8 NIV)
Point 3: Our desperation often produces in us the greatest quality of faith. We often hear of faith in so many levels of the people of God. But truly, faith, like gold, is not proven real until it is tested and purified by fire. This desperate situation for the Roman officer (his servant probably was very important or dear to him, otherwise he would not have sought Jesus) brought about in him the quality of faith that moves mountains. It is when we are at our lowest points that we can truly know as to where we cling our hope onto. This Roman centurion believed that Jesus only needed to “say the word” and his servant shall be healed. What a faith!
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. (Matthew 8:13 NIV)
Point 4: God rewards our faith. Because God desires true worshippers who worship Him by faith. The centurion was granted the solution to his need. He was rewarded for his faith!
Think about these thoughts. Ponder on your desperation story. Look back on how it has produced in you the kind of faith that God desires for Himself. And share to others how God has rewarded you exceedingly.