Luke and The Lost
About a million years ago, (exaggerating) as a young married couple with two little ones, Randy and I were met with a test of one simple act of trust. We were barely making it financially as Randy worked a full time job while working his way through college. We had a worn out Corvair, (yes, some of you will have to look it up, it’s a car), that sat in front of our home. It was broken but we couldn’t afford to fix it.
Sunday came, the funds were tight, but we still placed our tithes in the offering plate trusting that God would bless the slim remains of our bank account and get us through until the next paycheck. What God did was nothing short of a small miracle to some but gigantic to us.
Dad called me Monday morning and asked what the license plate number was on our Corvair. “Why?”, I had to ask. He said a neighbor who works at the Tag Agency called. They were running a contest with a promotion to remind people of the importance to keep their tags current. The neighbor looked up the number as being registered to Dad and myself. (My dad had helped me buy the car before I was married.) Our tag number was pulled as a winner of $50! Back in the mid 70’s that was enough to buy groceries for a week for a family of four!
God used this unbelieving neighbor to guide us to the gift He had for us! The tag numbers were posted in the local newspaper. It was up to the owners to read the paper and identify their tag if it was a winner. We couldn’t afford to subscribe to the paper, so we would not have seen it posted. Dad missed it. So, God’s glory was shown to us, dad and dad’s neighbor. We, including the neighbor, will never forget this simple act of trust.
God continually blesses simple trust in Him. He always has and always will. Read of the simple trust of a Roman military man…
Luke 7, The Message
A Place of Holy Mystery
7 1-5 When he finished speaking to the people, he entered Capernaum. A Roman captain there had a servant who was on his deathbed. He prized him highly and didn’t want to lose him. When he heard Jesus was back, he sent leaders from the Jewish community asking him to come and heal his servant. They came to Jesus and urged him to do it, saying, “He deserves this. He loves our people. He even built our meeting place.”
6-8 Jesus went with them. When he was still quite far from the house, the captain sent friends to tell him, “Master, you don’t have to go to all this trouble. I’m not that good a person, you know. I’d be embarrassed for you to come to my house, even embarrassed to come to you in person. Just give the order and my servant will get well. I’m a man under orders; I also give orders. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes; another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9-10 Taken aback, Jesus addressed the accompanying crowd: “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust anywhere in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know about God and how he works.” When the messengers got back home, they found the servant up and well.
What do we learn?
–Simple trust pleases God.
–Trust and obey, for there’s no other way,
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
–“My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Do you believe and trust this verse…or not?
–“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
–“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Trust. Simply trust Him.
in Jesus Name, Amen