May 1 Devotional

Happy May Day! Here’s hoping some of the restrictions lift this month! Today we’ll be looking at Sunday’s sermon text, Luke 7:1-10:
 
After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, 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.
 
This story is all about faith. The author of Hebrews tells us that faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” So often we view faith as an ethereal idea divorced from reality, when in reality, faith is putting our complete confidence in something that has proven itself over and over again. And if you think about it, everyone puts their faith in something. Some people put their faith in science, hoping that that that will provide answers to every question and hope for everything that ails. Others put their faith in politics, knowing that if the right person just gets elected, everything broken will be put back together! We could go down the list: jobs, marriage, singleness, money, kids, etc. None of these things provide a solid foundation for faith. The Jews at this time were putting their faith in the law. If they could ensure they perfectly observed the law then they knew everything would be ok. So what happens when a man comes along who doesn’t come from the right line, the right background, or have the right law? This is where the story gets interesting!
 
A centurion is a Roman soldier who oversaw 100 men. The Romans occupied Israel at the time and made sure the Jews were good citizens of Rome. But this centurion was unlike others. He contributed money to help build a synagogue, he may have even been a God fearing man! But the elders of the Jews thought this made him worthy. His meritorious actions had earned him good favor in their minds, which translated to earning God’s favor. Thankfully, the man realizes this isn’t the case! Because he realizes that Jesus has more authority than he does. He realizes he isn’t worthy. He then becomes a model for faith for the entire nation of Israel. Do you have that kind of faith? I know many of your stories, some of the ways God has brought you through trials and sufferings and continued to uphold you, so you have so many reasons to have faith today! Continue trusting in the founder of our faith, Jesus, knowing that our faith is built on a solid rock!
 
SONG:
Today’s song is called ‘Give Me Faith’ and is a great prayer asking for God to continue guiding ours steps and continuing to embed our faith deeper in to the Solid Rock. You can listen on YOUTUBE or SPOTIFY.
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