January 24, 2017
Matthew 8:5-6 (KJB) And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
What is your common response when faced with a sudden illness or other travails in your life? Do you broadcast your adverse circumstances immediately on Facebook, or pick up your cell phone and spread your dreadful news amongst friends and family? Maybe you choose to fear and worry inwardly all the while putting a brave face forward that says “Hey, I got things all together and I am doing okay!”
A centurion soldier in this Bible verse chose to come before God begging Him for mercy. This was likely a man who had faced many untoward circumstances in the heat of battle. He was likely an individual who faced many enemies of war and was a “tough nut to crack” even while in the midst of adverse circumstances.
However, the moment this soldier faced illness and likely death of a servant he understood his human limitations and was quick to run to the supernatural power and presence of the Lord. He came before God humbly grieved and tormented begging for God to intervene in this situation.
What about you? Do you earnestly and immediately place your concerns before God in prayer seeking for His divine intervention? Or do you first pursue help and consolation from friends, family, and acquaintances found in this world?