May 5, 2017
READ: Matthew 8:5-13
When Jesus heard this, He was amazed (v.10).
If I asked you to hum the melody of Amazing Grace, it’s likely you would know it. It’s a well-known song that reminds us about God’s astonishing forgiveness. His grace gave us spiritual sight when we were blind—allowing us to draw near to Him. God’s grace makes us shiver in reverence of Him, but it also eases our fears. As the song says, God’s grace is truly amazing!
While we marvel at the wonders of God, it’s interesting that Jesus once marvelled at a person’s faith. In one instance, a Roman officer approached Jesus and explained that his servant was bedridden and in severe pain. Jesus volunteered to visit the soldier’s house and heal the man. But the centurion felt he wasn’t worthy of Jesus’ visit, and believed He could heal his servant without being present (v.8). “When Jesus heard this, He was amazed” (v.10). Then He commended the solider for his great faith, and confirmed that He had made the patient well.
What keeps us from amazing Jesus with our faith? Without even knowing it, we sometimes believe that the laws of nature and time limit His power. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus is the One who created time and the scientific constants that help us understand our world. “Through [Christ] God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we . . . can’t see . . . and He holds all creation together” (Colossians 1:16-17).
According to the Bible, Jesus can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants. He has the power to heal us physically and give us spiritual life. God has revealed His incredible grace through His Son (2 Timothy 1:9-10). If He’s amazed you with His grace, will you amaze Him with your faith?
—Jennifer Benson Schuldt
365-day plan: Esther 4:1-17
Look up Romans 5:20-21 to see the relationship between God’s grace and our sin.
What amazes you the most about God? Have you ever experienced a miracle, and if so, what impact did it have on your faith in Him?