When Jesus heard him, He was amazed and said to those who followed Him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.” Matthew 8:10
It took a lot to impress Jesus. When we consider all that Jesus has done for us, it would be beyond presumptuous to assume that any of our actions might fill Jesus with amazement. Unless, of course, we find some new way to amaze Jesus with the depths to which we are willing to sink in our relationships with others and with God! It must be a very rare occasion when Jesus is pleasantly surprised by our actions.
However, we are told that a Roman centurion’s willingness to believe, without much evidence to support his faith, filled Jesus with a degree of awe. The Gospels tell us that believing without seeing did serve to impress Jesus. Being able to trust God when you are filled with a world of doubt is an act of faith that is deeply moving to Jesus.
Are you generally inclined toward doubt or faith?
Lord, I like to have all the facts in front of me before I am willing to take a leap of faith. However, that is not faith; that is a desire for knowledge. I long for evidence while You request belief. Help me to set my needs aside so that I can pursue Your desires…perhaps even to Your amazement. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.