Seeing and Believing by Steph Wells
This passage reminds me of how often we want to see proof of something before we actually believe it. If one of my daughters asks me to believe them, my ability to do this is often dependent on the situation at hand and how they respond to a number of questions.
Often, I will say “show me”, because I need some tangible proof to be able to believe them. Here, we read about a man in a similar position. He wants to see the miracles that Jesus can do first hand. Jesus says “Unless you see the signs and wonders you will not believe”. I think Jesus may have been using these words to ask the man to believe, even without seeing the proof—to have faith. The scripture reads that Jesus told him “Go, your son will live”—or trust in me (believe before you can see the proof). It then reads that the man believed the word that Jesus spoke, not after he got home, but before. He believed (first) and then he saw the miracle.
Lord, I pray that I can believe and have faith in you even in times when it is hard to see the evidence of what you are doing in my life. I pray that I can see Your miracles because I believe, instead of looking for miracles as reasons to believe.
John 4: 43-54
When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival.
Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.’ The official said to him, ‘Sir, come down before my little boy dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, ‘Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.’ The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live.’ So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.