|“I eagerly concede that good, Bible-teaching churches exist today, and I am grateful for them. Tragically, they are the exception rather than the rule. Jesus asked, “…when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” I fear, lest the answer to His question is “no.”” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill.” John 4:46
Jesus was returning to Galilee from Jerusalem. He stopped in Cana, ten miles north of Nazareth and about 25 miles from Capernaum. Here in Cana a nobleman from Capernaum met Him desperate for help; he feared his son was about to die from some illness. Without a sick son he probably wouldn’t have thought much about Jesus, and would not have walked the 25 miles to see Him. Although many see tribulation as an indication that God has forsaken them, in reality it is the grace of God in disguise.
The sun melts butter and hardens clay. Blessed are the troubled who allow their tribulation to soften their heart to repentance. Notice how often God uses our children to get our attention. Christianity is a religion of rescue. It is designed for the desperate.
When you meet people like the nobleman, who are burdened with their need, involve yourself in their lives as an act of Christ’s love. But always use the encounter as an opportunity to point them to Jesus. It would be sad indeed if the Savior softened their hearts in their calamity, only to find that you did not use it as an opportunity to share the gospel.
Job 25-27 Acts 12 (New King James Version)
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