“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
When Jesus returned back to Cana, in Galilee, the place where He had turned water into wine, He was approached by a leading government official whose son was terribly ill. The official begged Jesus to heal his son. Jesus replied with these words, “Will you never believe in Me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”1 Yet the government official persisted and again begged Jesus to go to Capernaum where his son was, to heal him. Jesus then said, “Go back home. Your son will live!”2 The man believed Jesus’ words and sure enough, the son was healed at exactly the time Jesus spoke those words. This wonderful miracle led the man and his whole household to believe in Jesus.
Do we too need evidence of Jesus’ miraculous signs and wonders before we believe or trust in Him? Of course the miraculous proves beyond any doubt that something greater than ourselves exists. But what if we were to believe just because…; just because we know God is real, or just because we have read about Him, or just because we experienced His love and works in our lives.
The government official of course needed faith to trust Jesus that his son would be healed, by just accepting Jesus’ words. He couldn’t see the miracle, yet he had the confidence in Jesus’ words that what He said, would actually happen. He had assurance about what he could not see because of what Jesus said. We too are challenged to exercise our faith for the humanly impossible, not because of something we can see, but because of faith: because of our confidence in who God is and what He has said through His word. Let us believe and have full assurance about the things we can’t see and confidence, that what we pray for will actually happen.