Thought for the Day    # 154

 

 

UNWORTHY – BUT REWARDED

 

 

Matthew 8:5-11 New American Standard Bible

 

5And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him,  6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.”  7Jesus said* to him, “I will come and heal him.”  8But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for you to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  9“For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”  10Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.  11“I say to you that many will come from east and west, and £recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven;

 

Many of the House of Israel have difficulty in trusting God for their needs.

 

We are inclined to base our right to receive God’s promise or provision on our works instead of our faith. While God does have a higher standard for his own people, He provides many blessings and miracles simply because he loves us.

 

Remember God’s ability and authority. He is all-powerful and has the ability to extend his blessing upon those who will ask in faith.

 

Sometimes we don’t ask Him to provide for us because we feel unworthy or inadequate. We may think that we have failed God in some area of our daily relationship with him.

 

The scripture above should dispel such thoughts. They are invalid.

 

Let us, like the Roman Centurion, ask him to meet our needs. The size of our need makes no difference to God. He loves us. He is very interested in our well being.

 

His requires faith and a humble spirit.

 

We must learn that He will meet us in any circumstance. He will answer at any time. We will receive of his abundant supply, regardless of our worth.

 

Jesus the Christ, our Redeemer, bought and paid the full debt for our redemption. As Sons of God, chosen by Him, we are the recipients of his deepest love and grace. All that we receive from God is given freely without price. Jesus paid it all. No man can earn or deserve anything from Him.

 

Like the centurion of old, let us acknowledge our unworthiness and extend our faith.

 

God will hear our prayer. He will send the answer. Praise His most Holy name!