“When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him (the Centurion), and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.” Luke 7:9-10
Despite all the money and resources he probably had with his standing in Roman society, the Centurion was unable to do anything for his valued servant who was about to die. Even though he probably believed in other gods, He had heard about the people who were being healed by Jesus. And put all his hope and faith in Him to heal his servant. He believed so much; and his servant was healed.
It makes me wonder sometimes, how many blessings we might be missing out on because we do not have as much faith as the Centurion.
When things get difficult, we try to believe God will come through for us. But we don’t see His action soon enough (for us), we tend to quickly loose faith. When we don’t see the results we want, we begin to doubt…in our faith, in our prayers, and eventually in our God.
But having our prayers answered, and our challenges fixed the way we want is not always in God’s plan. Sometimes He has something different. Sometimes He has something better. Sometimes He is protecting us from something we think we want. Sometimes He is strengthening our faith by not answering our prayers in the ways we hoped. Sometimes He is preparing us for something more.
It’s important to remember, those challenges are NOT punishments. Christ died for us, He took our punishments. If God punished Him for our sins, AND us for things we did, He would not be just. And He is a just God.
Even Christ prayed in Luke 22:42 for his challenges to be removed. But He understood that sometimes these challenges are part of the plan, and sometimes we just have to walk through them. Our job is to keep our faith strong, trusting in His will, and giving Him the glory.