Two Reasons to Marvel

I had read through and settled on a few devotionals this morning before later coming upon this one. It spoke directly to and blessed me greatly because it totally confirmed my discussion yesterday at IB’s blog.

 AWMI Devotional

Matthew 8:9-10, “For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

MATTHEW 8:5-13, LUKE 7:1-10

There were only two things in all of scripture that caused Jesus to marvel. They were (1) the Centurion’s faith and (2) the Jews’ unbelief (Mk. 6:6). A faith that made Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith, marvel is worth examining. This centurion believed that the spoken word of Jesus was sufficient to produce his miracle. He didn’t need Jesus to come to his house. He had faith in Jesus’ word. Therefore, we can see that the person who simply believes the written Word of God is operating in a much higher form of faith than those who require additional proof. Compare this centurion’s faith with the “little” faith of Thomas in John 20:24-29!

Thomas refused to believe what He couldn’t see or feel. Our five senses were given to us by God and are necessary to help us function in this life. But if we do not renew our minds to acknowledge the limits of the five senses, they will keep us from believing. Faith can perceive things that the senses cannot (Heb. 11:1).

The type of faith that Thomas operated in was a human or natural faith that was based on what he could see. Jesus said there was a greater blessing to be obtained. That greater blessing comes from using a supernatural, God-kind of faith that is based only on God’s Word.

Jesus and God’s Word are one (Jn 1:1, 14). Believing God’s Word is not just putting your trust in some printed words on the pages of a book we call the Bible. There is much more involved. It is a relationship with a person, the person behind the words. Get to know Him through His Word.


4 thoughts on “Two Reasons to Marvel”

  1. Thank you, I appreciate your words today. I had forgotten that Jesus actually “marveled.”

    There are some people who are very cynical, pessimistic, and they have a great faith in Murphy’s Law, “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” It’s fascinating because they believe, they have powerful faith, it’s just invested in negative things. I think many of us have great faith, it’s just not always pointed towards Christ who is the one who is actually worthy of our faith.

    1. Oh, I agree with you – most, if not every one has great faith; the only thing is, with whom or where we’ve decided to place our faith.
      C. Blake also has a saying that mirrors what you’ve said here. I agree and try to apply to my situations: fear is similar to faith, it’s just faith in the wrong thing.

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