“’Unless you people see signs and wonders,’ Jesus told him, ‘you will never believe.’ The royal official said, ‘Sir, come down before my child dies.’ ‘Go,’ Jesus replied, ‘your son will live.’ The man took Jesus at this word and departed.” John 4:48-50.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 21, 2 Chronicles 33, and John 4.
The royal official in today’s story is a marvel to me. Why? He enters the conversation lacking faith in Jesus but leaves the conversation displaying tremendous faith.
The royal official believed that Jesus had to come to where the sick child was. He also believed that if the child died there was nothing Jesus could do thereafter.
Further reading of the Gospel of John records instances where Jesus did not have to be where the sick were in order to heal them. There were also several instances where Jesus brought the dead back to life.
Jesus spoke to the crowd as well as the royal official telling them that they needed to actually believe in Him. Many were looking for signs and miracles to keep their faith in Him going.
The royal official figured out what Jesus was talking about because when told that the sick child was okay he dropped his request that Jesus come with him to his house. He headed out BELIEVING what Jesus had said.
What a great God we have! I read His promises and recall His history and realize that I am so blessed by Him. He loved me (you) enough to die for things I’ve done wrong. He cleaned me up and made me right with Him. I do not need to trust visuals, I can trust the unseen God.
Like the royal official, I must take God at what I know about Him and live accordingly. God is truly amazing!
“Lord, thank You for today’s story. Enable me to transition my faith the way the royal official did. To trust You in my actions. To know that what You promise will happen. Thank You for clearing away my sin problem. For making me acceptable to You. I must live as a prisoner to sin now pardoned. I’m not on parole. I’m no longer convicted! Hallelujah.”
Do we believe in God enough to live like it? He is a marvel. What great things He has done……..and will do.