|“If you really want to experience God, go and make disciples.” Francis Chan
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The official said to him, ‘Sir, come down before my child dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way.” John 4:49-50
You will often find a conflict of interest in responding to God. The nobleman said, “Come with me.” Jesus responded, “Go alone.” You come to God in desperation and plead His help, wanting Him to do what you think needs done. God responds, “I will help you, but on My terms. I will decide what needs to be done.” Naaman the leper sought the help of God’s prophet Elisha. When Elisha told him what to do, Naaman was angry and said, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and cure the leper.”259 Elisha told him to wash in a dirty river.
When the nobleman entreated Jesus to help him, Jesus said, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” Jesus tells the official that he needs to believe. All the nobleman wanted was for Jesus to heal his son. Believing was important to Jesus, unimportant to the nobleman. Thus the man was trapped: If he refused to go he would show that he didn’t believe Jesus. But if he went he would have no outward assurance that the boy would live. Remember, the official had no history of experiences with Jesus. In all probability this was their first encounter. He was forced to go with only the assurance of Jesus’ Word. Necessity compelled him to walk by faith.
So important is walking by faith to our Lord, that you will find Him often placing you in a position where you are forced to believe. You will find such times uncomfortable, but these are the moments when you learn to trust God.
259 II Kings 5:11
Job 28-29 Acts 13:1-25 (New King James Version)
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