PBJ Monday Devotional

When God speaks 10.14.19


But 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.
Matthew 8:8 (NASB)


We know that God’s words are powerful. Genesis 1 tells us that God spoke the world into existence. Matthew 8:26 tells us that Jesus told the waves to be quiet and they were. In Matthew 8:32, Jesus commands the demons to leave a man and go into a herd of pigs, and they go.

It’s clear that the words of our God get the job done … but do we have faith like this centurion?

Let’s put it into perspective. A Roman centurion was an enlisted man who rose through the ranks to earn his position commanding 100 men in his unit. He understood importance of respect and following orders.

A centurion’s commander-in-chief was the emperor of Rome, arguably the most powerful man on the planet at the time. As an officer in the army of Rome, this man likely considered the emperor to be a god.

He didn’t get a prestigious assignment in Rome but was stuck in crummy Israel. He wasn’t on the A list of Roman officers.

So when his servant was near death, did he seek his senior officer’s advice? Take his servant to the base medical tent? Look for someone in town practicing the latest Roman techniques?

No. He went directly to the one he knew could get the job done — a smelly Jew, at that.

But his faith goes deeper. When he asks Jesus to heal his servant and Jesus offers to go to his home, the centurion stops him. “Lord … just say the word.”

In verse 9, he explains that he knows what chain of command; when he gives orders, his men act. He recognizes Jesus also has authority…over everything, even diseases. A man who once believed his boss was a god, now knows he’s talking to the God.

When you have trouble — illness, finances, relationships, fears, whatever — are you going to the God you hope is out there or the God you know can fix it with just a word?

Prayer Point: Ask God to help you recognize how strong his words really are.