What does it take to amaze Jesus? How do we capture the attention of the Son of God, the One who took part in creation, walked on water, and calmed raging storms with His words?
Recently the following passages leaped off the pages of my Bible during my devotional reading.
The first passage is found in Matthew 8:5-13.
When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”
Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!
Great faith amazes Jesus. He notices with joy when we trust Him in the midst of impossible circumstances, believing that He is in control and will provide what we need.
The second passage is found in Mark 6:5-6.
And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Great unbelief also amazes Jesus, but not in a positive way. The word “stunned” could be an appropriate substitute. We allow what we see and how we feel to place limitations on the Lord. When we doubt His goodness and power, it grieves His heart and often ties His hands.
As leaders, we are challenged to model faith to others. They are watching to see our responses to difficulties and trials. How real is our faith in Jesus? How much are we willing to risk in obedience to Him?
Will we throw up our hands in despair, because it is all too impossible? Or will we throw up our hands in surrender and trust?
I don’t want to amaze Jesus by my lack of faith. I want to amaze Him because of my great belief in who He is and what He can do, and my willingness to simply trust Him no matter what.
What about you?