Psalm of the Day: Psalm 79:1-13
Wisdom of the Day: Job 6:16-30
Scripture Reading: Luke 7:1-10
We should notice the centurion's FAITH. We have a beautiful example of it in the request that he made to our Lord, "Just say the word, and my servant shall be healed." He thinks it needless for our Lord to come to the place where his servant lay dying. He regards our Lord as one possessing authority over diseases as complete as his own authority over his soldiers, or a Roman Emperor's authority over himself. He believes that a word of command from Jesus, is sufficient to send sickness away. He asks to see no sign or wonder. He declares his confidence that Jesus is an almighty Master and King and that diseases, like obedient servants, will at once depart at His orders.
Faith like this was indeed rare when the Lord Jesus was upon earth. "Show us a sign from Heaven!" was the demand of the sneering Pharisees. To see something sensational, was the great desire of the multitudes who crowded after our Lord. No wonder that we read the remarkable words, "Jesus marveled at him," and said unto the people, "I have not found such great faith even in Israel!" The faith of a Roman soldier proved stronger than that of the Jews.
Let us not forget to walk in the steps of this blessed spirit of faith which the centurion here exhibited. Our eyes do not yet behold the book of life. We see not our Savior pleading for us at God's right hand. But do we have Christ's promises? Then let us rest on them and fear nothing. Let us not doubt that every word that Christ has spoken, shall be made good. The word of Christ is a sure foundation. He who leans upon it shall never be confounded. Believers shall all be found pardoned, justified, and glorified at the last day. "Jesus says so" and therefore it shall be done.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to trust you with all my heart.
Action Plan: How much do I really trust God? Examine what area life that I struggle with trusting God and learn how to give them up.
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.