John 4:50 - Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
If The Royal Official Could
The royal official didn’t first wait for a miracle before he believed. He didn’t wait for Jesus to first “prove himself” worthy of trust. He took Jesus at his word. He believed Jesus. Jesus told the man his dying son would live. That was all the official needed from the Lord.
How I wish this verse described me more. To take that step of faith, without prior confirmation of the desired result, can be frightening. Yet I sometimes find myself still wanting that confirmation in advance. Sometimes the Lord is pleased to throw me a bone, in spite of my small faith. But he would rather have me remember the hundreds upon hundreds of ways he proved himself capable and faithful to me and my loved ones in my own life, not to mention the millions upon millions of times he was to the rest of his people throughout redemptive history.
A Work in Progress
And yet I am encouraged. Despite my shortcomings the Lord is still drawing me closer to himself and conforming me more and more to the image of his Son. Slowly (so very slowly) I am maturing in my faith. The trust I long for comes more often than when I first began my pilgrimage. Is that your story too? Can you relate to that?
How precious it is to believe, and then have the eyes to see the blessing and the hands to receive it. The royal official believed first, then experienced the miracle.
Prayer and Scripture must undergird our growth in Christ. Reading God’s Word, reminding ourselves daily of his goodness and greatness, and then praying and meditating upon it builds us up with encouragement and confidence for both present and future faith. And this is needed. With such confidence in God, many throughout Scripture were able to face impossible odds and come out victorious on the other side. So will all who take the Lord at his Word.
What’s the hardest part for you about trusting God? In what situations do you find yourself wanting that “prior confirmation” before stepping out in faith and trust? Why do you think that is? What are some things you can put in place today to help you grow in your ability to take the Lord at his Word in your daily life? Tell a fellow Christian your plan and begin praying together for your faithfulness to grow.
Grace and Truth,
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