My Bible reading this morning included Matthew, chapter eight. I was struck, once again, by verse 27…”But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”
After a busy day that included healing a leper (v. 3), healing the centurion’s servant (v. 13), healing Peter’s mother-in-law (v.15) and casting out devils from many that were brought to Him (v. 16)…the disciples find themselves in a storm on the sea. They awaken Jesus who rebukes the wind and the sea, calming the storm and the disciples seem to be dumbfounded, amazed and even a bit baffled! Their thoughts are, “Who is this man??” Miracle after miracle they have just witnessed – been in the presence of – and yet they are amazed.
They just had not grasped that there were – and there are – NO limits to God. No limits to His power, His grace, His ability to heal and to help, or His willingness to intervene on our behalf. We are the ones who limit God. I suppose there are several ways we can limit Him but certainly our small faith – our lack of faith – is one significant way we limit God’s working in our own lives.
The leper expressed his faith, God commended the centurion’s great faith and repeatedly faith is linked to God’s miracles. And yet, often my faith is as small as the disciples. I have seen God do wonderful things – amazing, even miraculous things, not only in my own life but also in the lives of friends, family and others I know. Then why do I so easily convince myself there are just some situations, heartaches, burdens or requests that will never change or will not be answered? I certainly do not want to doubt God or in any way limit His working – and working mightily – by my small faith.
The centurion said (in verse 8)..”I am not worthy….but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Not worthy, yet filled with faith.