Amaze God

Luke 7:9  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!”

handJesus was God, and while on Earth, He was man. He had the capacity to experience the same emotions that we do.

Normally, when I think of somebody being amazed, I think of them being surprised. I’m not sure exactly how someone surprises God, but in this instance at least, there is an effort to describe an emotion. That Jesus Christ was amazed at the verbal faith actions of another.

If you read this entire passage, you will see Christ is confronted with a Roman ruler who has a slave who is sick. He wants Jesus to come and heal his slave who was a valuable asset to him. You can see the Roman officer telling Jesus that he really doesn’t need to come. If He will just speak the word, he is certain and convinced that his sick slave person will be healed.

At this point, Jesus exclaims to his disciples standing by that he is amazed.

Of what significance is this passage? Namely, that our faith in action and within our daily walk can move God. If you want to impress God, then put your faith in action. I can think of so many examples:  When God tells you to do something that seems out of the ordinary and you do it. When you give money that you don’t have. When you go to the rescue of someone who is not like you. When you give your time to talk to somebody who doesn’t necessarily fit your group. Your time for the old. The disabled. The sick. The emotionally or mentally ill.

These are all ways that you can amaze God.

And, yes, you are amazing.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti


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