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Mike,

Your quote is from 1 Corinthians 13:12(NIV)...

"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now i know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."

What I find after reading the Matthew portion of the reading today is that the faith like the Centurion's is indeed rare ... how easily adults become jaded, especially after hardships and turmoil. I am jaded and cynical myself and I find it hard to have the kind of faith that the centurion demonstrated ... no wonder Jesus was amazed. :)

Proverbs 3:5-6 were part of our son's Sunday School Kindergarten memorization program. Those verses are well memorized by all our house :-)

Isaiah 65:24 says: "Before they call out, I'll answer.
Before they've finished speaking, I'll have heard."
Both Abraham's servant and the centurion in today's readings received answers as they were speaking.

Yet Paul's pleas for deliverance from his "thorn in the flesh" seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. Our omnipotent, eternal God is sovereign. He is not required to answer to anyone, yet He commits himself to guiding our paths if we will delight in Him. This reminds me that He is also a very personal God.

Mike, the reference that you are referring to is I Corinthians 13:12: "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."

Mark

Proverbs 3:5&6 are verses I committed to memory too. I memorized it in the NAS. That is the version I read, study, and memorize from.

In verse 6 when we know God what we are doing is we are continually getting to know God personally and we are in constant fellowship with Him.

I believe vv 1-12 go together and they shouldn't have been split up. We receive wisdom from God when we trust and honor Him. He delivers us from evil and gives us longevity and peace(vv 1-2), we find favor with God and man(vv 3-4), we are given guidence(vv 5-6), health(vv. 7-8), prosperity(vv 9-10), and learn and have a proper response to discipline(vv 11-12).

I like how the word persih in used in the NAS version of Psalm 9:18... For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.

God Bless

I’m struck at how there is a common theme of faith running through all four readings today. Or I’ve just happened to notice this theme at this particular time. There are all kinds of faith through out this reading, little faith, great faith, apprehensive faith and faith that seems a little uncertain then goes into confident assurance

Hebrew 11:1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Faith is acting upon evidence that is not perceived by the five senses but the person knows within him or herself that what they have heard or believe is true.

Genesis 23:1-24:51

Abraham is a man nearing the end of his life, a man who tried to figure out God and had gotten it wrong, a lot. He knew he had heard from God but lacking evidence about what he had heard, he tried to work things out himself. But now we see him buying a piece of land to bury Sarah in the land of Cannon, a land promised to his descendents, but not to him. Because he knows that future generations will possess where he is standing, he is confident in buying the land; however, in his current state he realized he is an alien in this land. To him the future is as tangible as the present because of his now great faith.

His faith is such that he sends his trusted servant to get a wife for his son Isaac. And this is not just any wife from anywhere because he knows that God will direct this servant to the right woman. In fact Abraham speaks to his servant emphatically because by now he realized and had come to believe that whatever God says He will deliver on.

Genesis 24: 39" `But suppose I (Abraham’s servant) can't find a young woman willing to come back with me?' I asked him. 40`You will,' he told me, `for the LORD, in whose presence I have walked, will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. Yes, you must get a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father's family. 41But if you go to my relatives and they refuse to let her come, you will be free from your oath.'

There is no hesitating, no doubt in Abraham regarding what God is doing and will do in his life and the life of his descendent(s).

Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the LORD , and he credited it to him as righteousness. It may have taken Abraham a while before he fully believed with such Great Faith, but God, who knows the beginning from the end saw Abraham’s great faith before Abraham began walking in the confidence of his relationship with God. Abraham is called the Friend of God (James 2:23) and a friend, in the truest sense of the word (or my definition), is someone who knows everything about you and still likes you. God knew everything about Abraham and liked him. So too God knows everything about us. And he liked us, loved us, so much that He gave His only Son. But we have to believe, by faith, to acquire the promise.

Matthew 8:1-17

In this passage of scripture we have two people who come to Jesus and each exhibits faith because they came to him believing that Jesus could do for them what they so desperately sought after. Each of these two gentlemen had faith but they were at different levels of faith.

The leper knew that Jesus could heal; however, he was uncertain if Jesus would heal him. “Lord, if you want to …” Many of us have this kind of faith, including myself, where we know and understand that Jesus can…but we are hamstrung from going further in getting our desires and needs met because we are not sure if He will do anything for us. We read Jesus’ Words stating that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom, however we think that it is for somebody else not us.

Then we have a Roman Centurion who is not a citizen of the kingdom but some how he understands that Jesus is operating not only in authority over those things that bring death to our lives, he knows within himself that Jesus is also operating under the authority of God. So powerful is his understanding of this revelation knowledge that he just tells Jesus to, “Speak the Word and my servant will be healed.” This man has great faith. No need to come to my house since I too am not worthy because I’m not even a citizen of the kingdom, but I have faith enough to know that the power to heal is not in the touch of Your hands but in the Words You speak.

We also have the crowd that comes to the door of Peter’s house after he healed Peter’s mother-in-law, bringing sick folk to be healed because their faith is such that they believed if we come to Him, we would be made whole.

Psalm 9:13-20

The Psalmist has faith that God’s enemies will go down to the grave even thought he has yet to see them take that journey. He has faith that the poor and needy will not be forgotten nor crushed. But he wants to see God, the Lord, make His enemies tremble in fear so they will know the true relationship between man and the God who created them.
Proverbs 3:1-6

And we end with a much beloved verse, verse six, that requires faith in order to trust the God who will direct our paths as we submit our understanding to His will.

For me this today’s reading has truly been a journey of faith, different levels of faith. This inspires me to continue running the race even knowing that I have not attained Great Faith. As my feet trod the path set before me, I will build up my faith just as a runner how consistently runs will build up stamina to run the path set before him.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

Grace and peace
Ramona

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