TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2019
TOPIC: RESTING ON HIS WORD
TEXT: John 4:43-54
“Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way” – (John 4:50).
Years before his death in February 2018, the well-known evangelist, Billy Graham had a TV talk show. He told his agnostic interviewer that he eagerly awaited death because that would transport him into the presence of Jesus, his Lord and Saviour. He went on to explain that his confidence rested on what the Bible says about Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection. The preacher said his faith was based on nothing else, otherwise he would not be able to boast in the Saviour and obey His word without reservation.
The nobleman in the text also showed great faith by travelling from Capernaum in the southeast of Palestine to meet Jesus in Cana, seeking healing for his son. He did not bring the ailing lad along. He requested the Lord to go with him to his place, where he claimed the boy was “at the point of death”.
Following Jesus means utter submission to Him on His own terms, not ours as the nobleman sought when he pleaded that the Saviour should undertake the trip to meet the sick child in Capernaum. This contrasted with the attitude of the centurion who in Matthew 8:8, forbade the divine Healer from coming to his home but rather asked Him to speak the word. The nobleman got the desired succour for his child when he backed down from imposing conditions on Jesus.
No matter the frantic exertions of man in his quest for solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting him, he will not move a flea-hop near any satisfactory resolution without bowing to the will of God. He must seek answers in his Creator. He must drop the heavy luggage of sin sinking his world. And for the believer, he must lean only on the word of God and unprecedented breakthrough will follow immediately.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Overcome crisis by His word.
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