Matthew 8:9 ~ NIrV
“I myself am a man under authority. And I have soldiers who obey my orders. I tell this one, “Go,” and he goes. I tell that one, “Come,” and he comes. I say to my slave, “Do this,” and he does it.””
Every other time I have read this verse I always got extremely confused. Why is he saying this? The back story is, there was a soldier whose servant was sick and about to die. He came to Jesus and asked Him to heal the servant. When Jesus offered to go to the man’s house, however, the man replied that he was not worthy to have Jesus come to his house, but if Jesus just said the words his servant would be healed. Then we have this seemingly bizarre verse. Is this guy just bragging to make himself sound important? No.
The soldier is explaining that he understands authority. Because he has authority, he knows how it works. When he says he wants something done, it happens. He also says that he is under authority, meaning, when someone tells him to do something, he does it. What’s the point? Jesus had – and still has – authority; all authority on earth, and in heaven, belongs to Him. This soldier recognized that, and he knew that Jesus had the power and authority to heal his servant even if He wasn’t there Himself. There was something in that soldier that recognized the authority in Jesus and KNEW that everything was going to be okay, even if it didn’t look the way everyone expected.
Sometimes, we pray for things and we miss the miracle because it doesn’t look the way we want it. We pray and we expect God to show up in a big way and if that doesn’t happen, we assume God either didn’t hear us or doesn’t care. That’s not the case at all. But that isn’t a good understanding of God’s authority. He doesn’t have to do things the way we expect. He almost never shows up in the same way twice. That is what makes walking with Him such an adventure. You never know how He will come, but He will always come. Even if it doesn’t look quite like you expected. God is good and He does good, and He always shows up right when and where we need Him the most.