Are you waiting on a miracle?
“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. 47 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. 48“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” 49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.” John 4:46-53 (NIV)
This is a story that some of you may or may not have heard before, but this story stuck out to me because compared to a lot of the miracles Jesus performed which were immediately seen and realized, this man was in a period of waiting for his miracle.
When I looked up the distance from Cana (which was where Jesus and this royal official were at the time) to Capernaum (which is where the royal official’s son was), the distance is roughly 25 miles, which is at least a couple days’ walk.
Cana -> Capernaum = 25 miles = 2-day walk
And this is just a rough estimate, because who knows what the weather was like at the time or what the terrain was like back in those days with not as many clear roads and paths. So this got me thinking,
“I wonder what was going through his mind during those 2 days?”
Can you imagine just talking to Jesus asking him to come and heal your child, and He just tells you, “Go, your son will live.” Then you have to walk 25 miles to see if Jesus was true to His Word. This man could have let doubt and fear fill his mind for two days. I’m sure those thoughts tried to creep in. Thoughts like, “Will my son be healed? Or will he be dead by the time I get home?”
Think about it – this guy didn’t have anyone to talk to or even an iPhone to listen to worship music on his walk back to calm him down and get his mind back on track. He was all by himself, alone with his thoughts. Can you imagine the war going on in his mind? Yet he believed in faith that Jesus did what he said he would do. In verse 50, it says, ”The man took Jesus at his word and departed.” Most of the time, we have to wait more than a couple of days for the promises of God in our lives. We have to wait weeks, months, and even years before we see them come to pass.
Are we going to take Jesus at his Word? Even in the waiting, will we choose to believe that He will do what He said He would do?
Trust me, I know this isn’t easy! There are still some promises I’m waiting on and believing for in my own life. But the important thing is to walk it out - even in the waiting. God doesn’t ask us to sit around and worry and wonder when it’s going to happen. Just like this royal official, a lot of times we are asked to walk out our faith.
In verse 51 it says that as this man was walking home, some of his servants met him on the way to tell him that his son was alive and well! We don’t know where in the journey this man was – maybe it was half way, or maybe it was just a few miles from his home. But that’s another lesson here:
We can’t predict when God’s promises will come. But we can know they will come to pass – and sometimes when we least expect it.
Isn’t it funny how when we think God is being slow, He still surprises us with how quickly He moves in our lives? Because what we don’t realize is that our prayers are a direct line to heaven.
We may not always hear directly from God when we pray, but God always moves when we pray.
This reminds me of a passage in Daniel. In Daniel chapter 10, Daniel started fasting and praying after he received a vision about King Cyrus of Persia and a great war that was coming. Daniel was in great distress and mourning for three weeks. But then he had a vision of a man (who we now know to be Jesus), and Jesus said to Daniel in 10:12,
“Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.”
You see, in both of these passages of scripture – Jesus moves, and He responds when we humble ourselves and pray.
Going back to our main scripture, it says in verses 52-53 that “When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.“
This is so powerful. The royal official realized that as soon as he asked Jesus to heal his son, it was done. His miracle had already happened – before he even realized it. And better yet, his whole household came to salvation that day because of the miraculous healing power of Jesus Christ.
As believers, we need to stand on God’s promises. We have to know that what God said will come to pass.
We just have to walk it out in faith!
You see, many times we see God’s faithfulness in hindsight. We have the hardest time trusting when we can’t see it in front of us, but time and time again we always come back to the unshakable truth that God is faithful. And even when our faith is lacking, He is still good to fulfill His promises.
So no matter what you’re going through today, whatever promise you’re waiting on to be fulfilled in your life – keep believing, keep praying, and keep walking in faith because we know that God is true to His Word, and He will never fail you.
Just keep walking!
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