I was recently astonished to learn that Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia. To me that was completely unexpected. In my mind the reverse made more sense.
While this surprised me, I imagine, this pales in comparison to Jesus’ astonishment when the Centurion approached him with the request to heal his servant. (Matthew 8:5-13).
The centurion’s servant was gravely ill back at his home and he needed Jesus to heal him. Those who wanted a miracle from Jesus, would normally seek a physical appearance or intervention by him.
But this Centurion was different. He believed, all Jesus had to do was say the words to heal his servant. This amazed Jesus, he had not come across anyone with what he calls ‘great faith’.
This man understood the authority Jesus possessed, as he was a man under authority and exercised authority over others too. Those he had authority over, carried out his commands when he gave them. He knew a physical appearance by Jesus at his house wasn’t needed. Jesus only had to give the command and his servant would be healed.
“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith” ( Matt. 8:10).
His faith in Jesus astonished him, Jesus pointed him out as an as an example to the crowds following him, of what great faith was. The centurion was certain Jesus could heal his servant from right where he was. He also didn’t think he was worthy of having Jesus come to his house, because he was a Gentile.
Isn’t this the kind of faith we all desire?
The level of faith you have is not a cause for hopelessness as Jesus also promised that even if we have as little as a mustard seed, nothing would be impossible.
He said, “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible” (Matthew 17:20).
Because faith is such an important part of the believers journey, seeking to grow in faith should be a daily desire of ours. The Bible says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Whatever the state of your faith today, I pray Jesus will provide an increase of faith for you, as you draw nearer to him.