Don’t we all want amazing out-of-the-box faith? Don’t we want to be the kind of people who believe God has everything under control no matter how bad things look? Can you imagine the kind of peace we would all experience if we had that kind of faith?
This is exactly the kind of faith God wants us to have.
In the beginning it was the lack of trusting God that broke relationship with Him. Ever since then God has been drawing everyone back into a trusting relationship with Himself. God’s desire is to have a relationship of trust with his creation.
Faith and trust are really the same thing in this context.
Trust is the currency of all relationships.
The thing that is the most honoring to me is when the people I love trust me.
“I know dad is 10 minutes late but I’m going to wait right here because he said he would be here and I trust him.”
“I know I haven’t heard from my wife today but I trust her.”
Our faith in God is nothing more than trust. When we trust God in any arena of life we are expressing faith in His power to manage the outcomes in those arenas.
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
As far as I know, this is the only time recorded in scripture where Jesus was amazed by someone’s faith. If big faith is something God loves too see, then we need to be sure to know what He uses to grow our faith.
During this six week series we will explore the five main things God uses to help us have big faith.
I hope you can join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM in WC104 right around the corner from the coffee station.