Once when he was in Cana of Galilee, a “certain royal official” came and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum, to “heal his son, who was close to death” (NIV John 4:46-53). It would have been natural for the nobleman to demand or expect some kind of guarantee when he met Jesus. Perhaps that was why Jesus said, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” But the man was desperate and pleaded, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
The possible death of his son had pushed aside any illusions of power or control that this official might have had in this situation. He was at the mercy of Jesus, who said, “Go, your son will live.” The official was forced to take Jesus “at his word.” He had to turn around and walk back to Capernaum, with no outward assurance. These were the terms Jesus gave him.
Later the father would learn that his son awoke from fever at that “exact time,” at the moment when Jesus said, “your son will live.” But it’s also important to realize that, in that same moment, the father had changed as well. He, a “royal official,” had become obedient enough and humble enough to turn around and walk back to his dying child, trusting only Jesus’ word.
When we pray to be relieved of some physical illness or hardship, we, too, probably hope to see something reassuring, some outward “signs and wonders.” We might even demand it. But, as he did with that royal official, the Lord sets the terms. Just as the desperate nobleman had to yield his desire to be in control, we’re going to have to yield as well. And my experience is that the sooner we let go, the better off we are. It is the Lord’s strength, not ours, that will prevail. (Living Strong 2014)
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. (NIV Jer. 17:14)
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