At His Word

Monday, January 16, 2012

We taught about Jesus healing the official's son in Sunday School today. The children played with band aids and we talked about Jesus healing the sick. It was simple and sweet. Their lives have not been touched with disease or bad endings, yet. They don't have too many questions.

Us adults, though . . . we have a lot of questions. We doubt God's goodness and we don't understand the outcomes. Haven't we all had a time where we wished we could walk right up to Jesus and beg for help?

That is exactly what a royal official from Galilee did. His son was sick and dying. He begged Jesus to come and heal him.

Jesus said, "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, 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.

We always want more, don't we? More miraculous signs, more wonders. We want Jesus to stop talking already and get moving - "before my child dies!"

But Jesus didn't need to move. He simply spoke, talked some more, and the child was healed.

What I see as inaction, frustrating slowness, or normal/un-miraculous life, may be God at work. Perhaps, like the official, I should take Jesus at his word. I've got all these words in front of me, a whole Bible full. Do I take them and depart? Or do I hang around wanting more action, a bigger sign?

The man took Jesus at his word and departed.

That is good advice.

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3 Responses to “At His Word”

  1. Yes! We just need to believe! Jesus is listening 24/7/365. Thank you for the reminder. BLESSINGS!

  2. That is definitely good advice. Take Jesus at his word and go forward. Thanks for this word today; I'll use it.

  3. This is very true Courtney. I really liked your sentence of 'I've got a whole book of words in front of me.' Unfortunately, I am not very good at listening and departing. I want more and need to work on that. Thanks for this inspiring post.