And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.”
Why do I forget about the simplicity of God’s love for me? God is omnipresent and wondering why our conversations with Him are not always present. I reflect on times when I feel like I have situation in control, or frustrated when the plans I have don’t go the way they were suppose to. My lack of faith, loses sight of His authority over all, including me. After all, we were made By Him, For Him! The words Jesus speaks in Matthew 8 are simple and a timely reminder for our lives today.
If I were to wake up every day saying, Lord if you will, make me clean. Jesus would say He is willing, every time. See it’s never His willingness, it’s mine. My assumption (or honest realization) is there isn’t a day where I can’t go without asking Jesus to wash me of sin. Just like the leper who knelt down and simply asked, and just like Jesus, He says He will. Jesus is willing today at any moment to say the same things to us. What do you need cleaned? What is lingering over you that can be washed away, setting you free from guilt or pain?
Romans 15:13 says, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus wants us to have “great faith” v. 10 like the centurion, when we ask for healing. If we are truly asking Jesus to perform miracles we need to believe that it can be done. Jesus said to him, Let it be done just as you believed it would. v. 13. It’s not about how many things we do, how much we give, how much we read. It’s about us believing, having great faith.
As I read through the words of Jesus found in Matthew 8 I finish on ” You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” v. 26
No matter your circumstance, no matter the size of the waves crashing into your boat. Jesus is there. Have great faith, our God is willing and always here for us if we ask and believe that all things are possible through Him.
Have a great Tuesday everyone, take time right now to talk with Jesus. Deepen your relationship with God using the points made by Lynden yesterday. Go back if you need to remember. Jesus is waiting and He is always willing. Just ask and believe!