When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’” - Luke 7:20
John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask if he is really the Messiah that they are waiting for. Even John had doubts in his heart despite of him baptizing Jesus and witnessing that amazing moment. Notice that Jesus did not rebuke him. Instead, Jesus explained to John in a manner of which he could understand. It is normal for us to doubt. Even for me as a christian, I still find myself doubting God in some areas of my life. But what is really more important here and which John did was that, he seek answers. He never allow himself to be overpowered by his doubts. He did something to find the answers to all his questions. God understands that it is our human nature to doubt and that is why he gave us the scriptures to remind us a lot about having faith in Him. Jesus is the answer to everything. And He has a way of revealing it to us. So when in doubt, imitate John’s attitude, go and ask Jesus about it. He will definitely give you the answer that you are looking for. Don’t allow doubt shaken your faith. And don’t doubt without doing anything to know the truth. For the truth is Jesus. And the truth can set you free.
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such a great faith even in Israel.” - Luke 7:9
Jesus was amazed by the faith of the centurion. He haven’t seen Jesus personally but only heard about him through other people and yet, he already asked some of the elders to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant. (v.3)
A lot of time, people will only believe things when they see it with their own eyes. The centurion did not require himself to see Jesus perform miracles. But just by hearing about Jesus was already enough for him to believe and have faith that Jesus can heal his servant. There are also quite a few scriptures where in Jesus commend people who believe him even without seeing him.
If I will compare my faith to the centurion, I wouldn’t respond in the same way that he did. As much as possible, I want everything to be visible and obvious. I don’t have much faith in Jesus compared to the centurion. And that is the thing that I really need to work on in terms of my relationship with God.
Do I really have faith in God that He can still change my heart to be focus on Him?
Do I have faith that I will get healed spiritually?
Do I really have faith in God that everything is according to his plan and I just need to trust him and surrender?
Though I did not see in my own eyes how Jesus was crucified, through the bible, I need to believe that Jesus died for me to save me from my sins. He died for me that I may have a new life. And if I really believe on that, will I still be living in my sinful life?
Heavenly Father God I praise you God for being such a loving, merciful and forgiving Father towards me. Thank you God for giving me another brand new day to celebrate life. Thank you God for reminding me about faith. I don’t need to see you personally before I believe you. And I am so sorry God for having such a low faith on you. When things don’t turn out well, I will always think negative things and doubt. God, you are the only one who knows what is really inside my heart. There are times that I myself, don’t know already what is inside my heart or perhaps I am just denying it. Sometimes God I feel like shutting down myself. I want to escape. I don’t want to get involve into other people’s lives and live on my own. Because I am scared God that I can’t change and people will leave me because of that. But you always tell me God that I need people in my life and that I can’t do this on my own. Please God help me. Cleanse my heart Father. Please God increase my faith on you. Help me to be strong and to not give up fighting my relationship with you. I love you God. In Jesus name that I pray. Amen.
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:1-3, 5-11 NIV)
Just want to share this scripture. When I read this, this morning, I felt really comforted and convicted. It reminded me to have refuge in the Lord. David, had gone through so much in his life and yet his faith and love for God remains strong. He finds his security in God alone. And regardless of how many challenges in life, we should not allow our faith to be shaken. Our security is in God and not on the situation or on the people. God assures us that he will never abandon us. Therefore, that assurance from God, reminded me not to dwell on the challenges in life but rather to praise God and rejoice because I am not dealing it alone. I have God with me. I won’t be shaken. And I will rejoice because he will never ever abandon me no matter what.