John 4:46-54 – “So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” 49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” 52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself, believed, and his whole household. 54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.” NKJV
I realize that the title of this devotional may invite questions especially after you read the text. Therefore, I ask that you let me explain my thought and hopefully, it will be both a blessing and benefit in your daily walk. I find it interesting to note that John was careful to remind his readers that this was a return to Cana of Galilee where Jesus had turned the water into wine. Some have suggested that this nobleman had been in attendance at the wedding I do not know but that is not the point. There are some things about this passage that should inspire our confidence in God’s Promises.
The man was not faithless, else he would not have come to Jesus to heal his child. The response of Jesus to this man’s request to come and heal his son is intriguing. Jesus responded to his plea for the healing of a child with, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will be no means believe.” If, as some have suggested, this was an indication of the absence of faith on the nobleman’s part then the rest of the passage would be negated. I believe that Jesus was challenging him and stretching him in that statement.
It was not the absence of faith but a human condition in conjunction with his faith that many of us have experienced. He had total confidence that “if” Jesus personally went to the child healing was guaranteed. He likely had no knowledge or understanding of how healing could transpire otherwise. He did not have a long history of miracles in his memory banks or experience to draw from. He believed Jesus could and therefore made his impassioned plea not once but twice.
Jesus, after the second plea, said, “Go your way; your son lives.” The next statement demonstrates the heart of the nobleman and should be our hearts. It says, “So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.” He did not continue to plea, pray, or attempt to persuade Jesus to do what he thought necessary He Believed! He not only believed in his heart but demonstrated the accompanying sign of obedience and departed from the physical presence of the LORD!
This is Faith not Faith in Faith! He simply believed what Jesus said and demonstrated corresponding actions to accompany that belief. That is faith in action! Had he simply had faith in faith he would not have been able to believe the word of Jesus and obey that word he would have continued to insist that Jesus come to his house and perform whatever ritual to bring about the healing. He had faith that demonstrated the response of obedience. As he went back home his servants met him and informed him the child was healed. His inquiry into the timing only further solidified his confidence in the Words of Jesus.
The key for us in receiving the promises of God is: Believe the word of Jesus and Act upon that word. Once we have Heard His Promise, we can Go Out in confidence that we have the petition we asked for. I encourage you to read 1 John 5:14-15 at this point.
God bless you as you go through your day and walk, in faith! May the Blessings of God be abundant for you is my prayer and desire!