Friday, July 18, 2014

Doubting


 

"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.  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. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 
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.  And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”

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.”  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." - John 4:46-53

Jesus knew that our faith was weak, and had said earlier that unless we see the signs and wonders that He does, we cannot believe Him.  So did Jesus get angry and say "Sorry! The show is over! No more miracles you faithless bunches of flesh!"?  No! He continued to work miracle after miracle, following every command that God gave to help us believe.
Even after the son in the above passage was healed, the Father had to ask when the healing had occurred, to see if it lined up with when Jesus declared him healed.  He needed to know to believe.  Jesus had already planned the servants to meet him so he could know and not doubt. 

Not much has changed in our hearts over these hundreds of years.  We're still the same doubters today.  We pray to Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8), and when healing comes we doubt.  Was it the medication instead?  Was it just going to happen anyway?  Maybe the cancer wasn't there as they diagnosed? Friends, we have to believe based on what God's word says or not at all.  You can't take a knife and cut out the parts that are difficult to believe.  You either believe God or you don't.

Thank God that our doubting and lack of faith does not change who He is, who Jesus is, or the power of the Holy Spirit in us! 
"But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With HEALING in His wings (wings = his righteousness); And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves." - Malachi 4:2

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