This is the fifth devotion in the Seeing By Faith Devotional Series: Just Say The Word.
Today’s devotion focuses on believing in God’s word first, before we see an outworking in our circumstances.
“Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Matthew 8:8
Often, our lack of faith is related to one thing. We can’t see any outward evidence of what we’re praying for.
Yet, God wants us to have the kind of faith that believes in God’s promise first, which then leads to an outworking in reality. God wants us to see by faith and not by sight.
This is the kind of faith the centurion had. He believed that when Jesus said the word, his servant would be healed. So the centurion saw with the eyes of faith, before he saw his circumstances change.
Indeed, the centurion likened the work of God to his own work in the Roman army: “For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” The centurion believed Jesus’s word held authority.
The wonderful thing about this man’s faith is that the One he believed in is indeed faithful. On seeing this man’s faith, Jesus said: “Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And the centurion’s servant was healed at that very moment.
God wants us to have this faith, too. To believe in His powerful word that is able to break down walls, bring healing, and set people free.
Let us then be those who believe based on God’s word, before we see the outworking of our circumstances.
Questions for reflection
- Have you been asking God for something which you know is His will but you are struggling to have faith for?
- What practical steps can you take to showcase faith in God?
Lord, I pray you would give me supernatural faith to hold on to Your word and see by faith. Lord, I am weak in my own strength, but I believe You are strong. Help me see by faith. Help me Lord to see Your wonderful outworking in my life. Thank You for Your power, which is made perfect in my weakness. Amen!