Asking God for a miraculous healing for another person, especially a child – what kind of faith does that require? In John 4, the official’s son lay dying. The mother, I am sure, was at that bedside constantly, hoping, praying. “Do something! She cries to her husband. “There is that man Jesus, remember? He changed the water into wine. He told that woman all about her past at the well. Remember? Even John the Baptist said that He was the One, husband. Please, I beg you, go find Jesus!” The husband starts for the door to call for a servant. The mother screams out, “You can’t send a servant! It has to be you!” The husband does not want to leave his son but in his heart he knows that she is right. Something this important cannot be left to just anyone. As he takes off down the road he thinks, “If this Jesus can see into the past, why can He not change the course of the future?”
How perplexing when Jesus sends Him on his way saying his son is healed. The man wanted to drag Jesus home with him but He spoke with such authority, there was nothing for him to do but leave. As he took his first begrudging steps away from Jesus, suddenly his steps felt lighter, his mood lifted, a great faith enveloped the man’s body. He walked with a spring in his step, knowing that his son would be well. There, in the distance! He sees his servant running towards him. Catching up to him, the servant confirms that the boy was healed at the exact time that Jesus spoke the words.
He turned away from Jesus with a tiny mustard seed of faith. But, being sure of what he hoped for and certain of the healing he did not yet see he walked on and then his faith grew by leaps and bounds when the healing was confirmed! If the husband refused to walk away from Jesus and begged Him to come heal his son in person, how would the outcome have changed? Jesus knows our hearts better than we do. Jesus singled this man out of the crowd that swarmed around because Jesus knew his faith potential.
Often I think maybe I’m not healed because my faith is not big enough. But the Bible says all we need is a little mustard seed size faith (Matthew 17:20.) Surely I have that much. What then, why am I still not healed? We have to remember, Jesus did not heal the physical body only – He believed the most important part of the healing process was the spiritual. I am learning every day things that I would not have learned if I did not walk this road of pain. I believe Jesus sees in me faith potential. He’s taking the time to work with me. He is teaching me through His Word, my minister and other women in my life and His lessons are so very exciting at times!
Do you see Jesus working in your life? How are you growing in your faith? Seek out spiritually mature women that can mentor you. That can be a truly exciting adventure that God truly blesses!