John 4:50, “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live. The man took Jesus at his word and departed”
We perceive our world through sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch and we respond according to the information gained by these five senses. Our Father in Heaven commands us to walk by faith, not according to what we see. Hebrews 11:1 tell us, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Whenever we’re faced with a problem, our faith is challenged. Knowing that it’s impossible to resolve the difficulty ourselves, we recognize our need of God’s help. First, we must go to Him in prayer. Until that moment, we’re still holding on to our problem. We know the situation won’t get resolved until we let go and commit it into God’s hands. Once we let go, we then must trust God to take over until the problem is resolved in His way and in His time.
Although we can’t see what He’s doing, our faith is “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), the assurance that His work is as good as done! As we study the ministry of Jesus, we see varying degrees of faith in those who came to Him. He cast out a mute spirit from a son whose father wavered between faith and doubt (Mark 9:17-24). He healed a leper who knew He could but was not sure He would (Mark 1:40-45), and He healed the servant of a centurion who was so sure of the outcome that he asked Jesus merely to speak the word from afar (Luke 7:1-10). These examples don’t teach that God always answers according to the strength of our faith. Rather, in His wisdom He responds to any degree of faith. His ultimate goal is to lead us to trust Him completely, so that we may know the fullness of His fellowship.
God sometimes answers our prayers in marvelous ways, but He does not want us to become preoccupied with the miraculous. That’s why Jesus gently rebuked the nobleman who begged him to come and heal his son (John 4:48). But in response to the father’s repeated appeal He said, “Go your way, your son lives” (John 4:50). The father came to “believe” on the basis of Jesus’ word alone. The reality of his faith is seen in the fact that he obeyed Christ’s simple command and “he went his way.” Upon returning to his home, the nobleman discovered that his son had been healed “at the seventh hour” on the previous day. From his servants he learned exactly what had taken place and when. His son was made well at the same instant that Jesus said, “Your son lives” (John 4:50-53).
My beloved, our God allows circumstances to come into our lives whether it’s sickness, grief or disappointment, which to us, is without sense or plan. Many times we seem to be amazed by God’s perfect timing and miraculous intervention when He answers our prayers or solves a particular problem, although we shouldn’t be! We also must be careful not to become so preoccupied with the miracle that we forget the One (Jesus Christ) who performed it. As believers in Christ we need to set our minds and hearts “on things above, not on the things of this earth”. That’s when “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7), and we see through the eyes of faith.
Sometimes we see a miracle,
And faith in God revives;
Yet eyes of faith can see God’s hand
At work throughout our lives – Hess
Believing is seeing what our eyes cannot see.