According to Webster dictionary, faith is defined as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. The very thought of believing in something for which there is no proof tends to fall on deaf ears when there is request for proof. For example, in the field of science (I have nothing against science…there is a purpose for it), the search for proof is considered standard operating procedure. Anything less is considered a theory.
However, when we look at the examples of biblical faith, standard operating procedures is vastly different. One such example is highlighted in Matthew 8:5-10 when Jesus was compelled to tell those following him about the centurions’ faith;“Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”
The centurion was a man accustomed to giving orders with the assurance that they were fully carried out as instructed. Thus, there wasn’t a need for Jesus to attend the aid of the centurion’s ailing servant. Jesus just spoke the words and it was done.
Fast forward to Matthew 13:53-58…we find a different set of circumstances in which the lack of faith and pride hindered the power of faith. The scriptures state that Jesus could not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
Often times I have asked myself, has my lack of faith put a muzzle on what God was trying to carry out in my life? Or did I have the kind of faith that amazed Jesus to the point that He would take notice to tell others about it.
As we go about our day, let us honestly look at our faith with cutting accuracy as to if we have faith that hinders Jesus or faith that would compel Jesus to tell others about it.
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