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Faith

Matthew 9:21 NKJV — For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”

Matthew 9:22 “But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.” NKJV

Matthew 8:10 “When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” NKJV

Both these stories are beautiful moments in history.

Both tell individual stories of people who model faith in their choices and because of their faith, their stories are included in the greatest book ever written.

The first verse (you should totally read these stories from the Word) is Jesus’s response to a very sick woman. She had been bleeding for 12 years and spent all her money to be cured and only grew worse.

She was desperate.

She needed healing.

Where did she turn when she had no other avenue, no other hope?

Jesus.

Not only was she healed when her fingers reached the edge of His garment, but He knew something had happened and stopped in the middle of his urgent errand to find her.

We don’t know how she heard of Jesus.

We don’t know her family, her name, or what happened after this.

But what we do know is beautiful.

“…when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” Matt. 9:22 NKJV

She believed Jesus could heal her.

She acted on her belief and her desperate need was filled.

Another moment of faith holds a special trophy.

What does it take to impress God?

The faith of this Centurion.

This man had a servant who was sick.

Right from the start his concern for his servant stands out.

The Roman culture didn’t put a high value on the lives of their servants.

“So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Luke 7:3-5 NKJV

Next, we see this Centurion understands the Jewish culture.

Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it. Luke 7:6-8 NKJV

It was the Centurion’s faith which made the impact.

“When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, ‘I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!’ And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.” Luke 7:9-10 NKJV

The Centurion’s faith was such that he had no need to even see or speak with Jesus in person.

He knew what was required; for Jesus to simply “say the word”.

That is faith.

And such we should have as well.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for these two wonderful stories of people with faith. Lord, please help us to trust in You with faith like this. To know, like the Centurion, that all it takes is You saying the word. Lord, help us to be humble, to come before You with our requests, our needs, as the woman. Help us to let go of our own self importance and to fully put our faith in You. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for being the solution. Thank You, for salvation! Amen.

woman of worth 2

20130329_154132Like pebbles on the shore,

Biblical truth can at times go unnoticed.

Stop.

Pick one up and turn it slowly over in your hand.

You will see things of beauty.

Prov. 31: 11– for me a pebble that required a closer look.

“The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.”

The first time of reading this

I paused

Read again.

Then my brow crinkled and I read yet again

Then again.

And finally I took it to the Lord.

“What does this mean?!”

“Read it again, slowly

Two phrases jump off the page

Safely trust and no lack

And I get it.

The woman of more worth than rubies

Is trustworthy–

She is about caring for others

She puts her husband

Her family

And those around her

In front of her own wishes, desires, needs.

This husband has no lack not because of $,

But because he knows he can trust his wife to be wise, thoughtful, caring.

This woman of worth

 thinks and acts in such a way as to better her family

Unlike the foolish woman of Proverbs 14.

“A wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.” Prov. 14:1

So I reflect:

In what ways am I trustworthy?

How have I broken trust in the past that I might turn away from that?

Where is the brick and mortar that I can build with?

Compassion

Time

Attention to details

Listening and then acting

Prayer

Scripture

Patience

Not just with those around me but with myself

I am not perfect and realize that mistakes are something worth making if I can glean a lesson or a truth from them.

Like the day before Christmas Eve

Our truck dies in front of the bank.

 I was reminded how much I am loved by my father-in-law who drove across town just to help me and the four separate people stopping to see if there was anything that could be done while I waited.

God had allowed this and in it I had a choice

How do I react?

What do I do?

I can safely trust in Him to guide me.

And being led not by emotions but by peace I was able to be joyful and flexible and quick to change

The wisdom gleaned here is that trust can be built

And it is worth the effort.

So as I again reflect on this woman of worth I smile,

Yes,

through the Lord I can be trustworthy,

and through complete trust in Him my family shall have no lack–of peace.