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Moving in Faith

John 4:46-50
Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe." The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies." Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed. (NIV)

This royal official came to Jesus because nobody else could solve his problem. Despite his money and influence, his sick son was close to death. In desperation, the man travelled over twenty miles from Capernaum to Cana hoping that Jesus could save his boy. It was not a private consultation. The arrival of this dignitary caused quite a stir in the little village, and they all turned out to see and hear what would happen.

Jesus recognised the sceptical curiosity in the mixture of Jews and Gentiles who lived in the town. They were probably hoping for another miracle like that of turning the water into wine. But Jesus rebuked their lack of faith. On the other hand, the official had already moved in faith. The sick boy was not present: he was miles away, lying in bed. So there was no great miracle to be seen. They only heard the words of Jesus assuring the man that he could go home because his son would recover. As a further mark of his faith, he not only travelled to Cana, found Jesus, and begged Him to heal, but having heard Jesus' words, he then returned home believing that what Jesus had said would be proved true.

Although many may look for miracles and enjoy seeing amazing demonstrations of power, God's power is not designed as entertainment but to achieve His loving purposes. True faith believes that: it is willing to trust Jesus wholeheartedly. The cry of faith is answered by God's Word which assures us that He will do whatever He has promised. We may not see the answer immediately. Indeed, some answers to prayer may only come after we have died! But faith is the confidence that our heart's cry is always met by God's response. We cannot demand how God will answer but we can be assured that He always will. The sign that we believe is that we are willing to accept His promise, until He lovingly meets our request.

Faithful God. Thank You for Your great power which You lovingly apply to our human needs. Thank You for the freedom to ask You about anything in the Name of Jesus; and for the faith to believe that You will hear and answer according to Your wisdom. Forgive me when I have often worried instead of prayed, or even prayed without faith failing to believe that You will answer in the right way at the right time. Please help me to trust You for everything, and having placed it before You, give me the faith to believe that You will answer. So help me to move in faith as my prayer-life mirrors the circumstances of everyday life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams