Matthew 8:10b “Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great a faith, no not in Israel.”
Our Lord marveled that this man’s faith was greater than all he had seen in Israel. This man was a centurion in Capernaum. He had authority over his soldiers. But, he had a servant he thought a lot of who was grievously ill. He cared enough for the servant that he approached the Lord to ask him to heal him.
Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion told him he did not need to go to the servant. He told him that he was not worthy to have Jesus come under his roof. He said, “Just speak the word only and my servant shall be healed.”
Jesus “marveled” at the centurion’s faith. The man didn’t even have to witness the Lord healing his servant. He had faith that if Jesus just spoke the word, when he got back he would find his servant healed.
It is one thing when we see a beautiful sunset over the ocean or a black velvet sky filled with a myriad of stars and we marvel at them. But when He who made all the things that cause us to marvel, has something that causes Him to marvel, that is a wonderful thing.
Even though this centurion was a Roman military officer over a hundred men, he had great faith and humbly sought the Lord.
It doesn’t matter what position you hold, whether it’s one of authority and power, or if you are one who has no authority, no power of your own, you have the power and authority of the Lord when you seek Him.
In response to tragedy our faith should first move us to seek the Lord.
Isiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.”