Isaiah is calling us to active faith—faith that listens and looks. I left my full-time legal career to become a minister. People thought I was crazy!
Jesus again uplifts the faith of an outsider, albeit one with power. This Roman centurion holds authority over 100 men. What makes his faith so unique that Jesus lauds this Gentile over and above all in Israel?
Our text is sandwiched between episodes of Jesus chastising the quintessentially “righteous” for misplacing faithfulness in external traditions (vv. 1-9), while praising the “faith” of the outsider for her resolve and unwavering trust in Jesus (vv. 21-28).
When I first came to faith in high school, I thought that following Jesus would make everything in my life good. That’s what Scripture tells us, after all—that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God.