HOST: Michael Whitworth
So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.
“And he himself believed…” He had not seen his son healed. He had no proof, no evidence. He only had the word of Jesus, yet he believed. He met the challenge of believing without seeing with incredible faith, and in so doing, left us a great example. How do we respond when we are challenged to believe without seeing? There are times for all of us when we pour out our hearts to God, pleading with Him for His help, His blessings, His intervention in our lives. We do not typically see immediate results from those prayers but must, as the man in this text, go our way and wait on God. Not knowing when or even how God will answer our prayers, we are called to believe without seeing. What a challenge that is for us. But if we can approach those times with faith, we, like the nobleman, will find that God is faithful, and that He can and will answer our prayers in a way that is good and perfect.
How can we learn to deepen our faith in God’s promises?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!”