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Daily Devotional for December 30

December 30                                                     John 4:46-54

Back in Cana, Jesus was met by an official who had come the
twenty-five miles or so from his home in Capernaum to beg
Jesus to come there and heal his son.

Jesus had begun to tire of people who clamored for more
miracles. He knew that some of them were not there out of
faith but out of curiosity. They didn't look at Jesus as a spiritual
leader but rather as a carnival-side-show attraction who per-
formed amusing tricks. Testing the official's faith, Jesus
rebuffed him, saying, "Unless you see signs and wonders you
will not believe." But the official was not dismayed at the
rebuke; he merely stated his hope and his belief. His little boy
was dying and he didn't care about any signs and wonders.
All he wanted was help, before it was too late.

Touched and reassured by the official's faith, Jesus said, "Go;
your son will live." Sure in his faith, the official did not
question Jesus' reply. He did not continue to importune Jesus
to come to Capernaum; he did not ask how the healing could
possibly happen; he simply "believed the word that Jesus spoke
to him and went his way." In the end, his faith was rewarded;
the boy had been healed at exactly the time that Jesus had said
the words.

Is my faith that strong? Can I deny the desire for a good show
from Jesus? Can I take the word of the Saviour that, even at
long distance, my needs will be met? Do I trust that the many
promises Jesus has made to me will come to pass?

         Great Physician, give me the faith to believe your
      healing promises. Help me to go on my way trusting
                        in your promise of life. Amen.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.

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