I don’t know what it is like to be you, but when I think of “trust” in my life, I first want to make some clarifications: Because I am human and live in a real and broken world, I have trusted people and regretted it. Yet, I have also withheld trust from those who didn’t deserve my withholding.
It’s only when our peace, or, our word, is accepted that we continue to do the work. Only the, do we speak grace and peace into them. We tell them the good news of Jesus. We offer hope.
A true transformation cannot be seen from one’s religious deeds, but from a heart that truly loves the Lord. Yes, Saul may look like a righteous man, but his devotion was driven by his idolization of the Laws of Moses, not his love for the Lord.
The same God-given faith that allowed Daniel to walk through fire unharmed, that allowed Joseph to thrive and witness even after being sold into slavery, that allowed David to stand against a giant and prevail, lives in us.
In this Christmas season, help us be willing to be a person, like Jesus and the Centurion, who shares healing words, reshapes cultural expectations, and encourages others that healing takes on various forms of faith.
This particular miracle however, has an interesting twist—it was an inadvertent healing by Jesus—you could almost call it a ‘passive’ miracle.