LUKE 7:1-10

Day 4• Does He Really Care?

“When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die” (Luke 7:1-2).

Thus opens one of the most remarkable stories of faith in the New Testament. Jesus never saw the man He healed or the one who made the request—or at least so the text indicates.

Here is a Gentile, not a member of the house of Israel, yet Jesus turns aside to heal his servant. Jesus respected both the centurion’s unusual faith and the love he had for his servant. The reason: Jesus was Himself a servant.

Reflect on Daniel, God’s servant who refused to bow before the king—choosing rather to honor the one true God. The king, trapped in a law he hated but could not reverse, acknowledged to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” (Daniel 6:16) Even this king who had not bowed his knee to Jehovah understood that God looks after His own.

Do you wonder if you can risk the role of a servant when all the world recommends against it? Rely on Jesus’ promise, “I will never leave you nor for sake you” (see Hebrews 13:5, KJV).

INSIGHT: Your Lord can be trusted. His promise is especially precious to those who have left all to follow Him.