Foundation of Faith

John 4:43-54

Today’s message is the story of the royal official whose son had become ill. The man went to Jesus to beg him to heal his son. Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” Jesus then told the official that his son was healed. Sure enough as the official returns home, his servant meets him to give him the good news – his son would live.

Usually when I read this story, I see such miraculous healing and faith. Today though something else struck me profoundly. It was Jesus’ initial response to the official. It almost seemed like something Jesus would mumble under his breath.

Jesus said to him,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

How many times have I asked Jesus for a sign so I know I am following His path? How many times have I asked God for a sign to help me make a choice? How else would I know if I am following God’s Will without a sign?

Faith. Trust.

But where do I find my foundation of faith? Where does my faith begin? How can I find Christ when I feel like I have lost my path?

Foundation can come from our family, but it can have road blocks along the way. The official in the story did not have a foundation of Christian upbringing. Jesus had begun his ministry and was trying desperately to show people that God had a great plan for them. This can be a daunting task when people don’t just believe immediately. Foundation of faith had to begin from somewhere, and for many it was miracles, signs, and wonders.

Today, still many of us do not have faith. We still are asking for signs and wonders. We have so many things blocking us from God – one of those blockages for me is control.

Control is always something I have enjoyed. I like to be in control of my life, of my kids, and of my choices. I don’t like it when someone else has control. Some might call me stubborn or a control freak, and they would be correct. When I ask God for a sign, I am actually trying to keep a little of that control for myself. I am the one who went for help, so I am still in control.

Control is a crazy thing. It gives you a false sense of reality. It allows you to think you have performed the miracle, or that somehow without your participation the miracle would not have happened. I think Jesus may have been mumbling under his breath for me…

Jesus said to Anne,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

When I lead my life by faith, then I relinquish control to God. I allow His plan to unfold without my control involved. I allow God to work miracles without asking for them. I am open to whatever God throws my way. Even if I don’t like it. Even if it isn’t how I would do it.

Jesus said to Anne,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

Believing that God is still around even when you don’t have signs and wonders is faith. Living faithfully through the ordinary life, allowing God to work through me…that’s faith. Praying each day when things are good and when things are bad… that’s faith. Celebrating and worshiping God regularly throughout my life…that’s faith. Proclaiming God’s word even when I know people won’t agree…that’s faith. Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone…that’s faith. Going against what society is the right thing to do….that’s faith. Humbling myself for the good of God…that’s faith.

Jesus said to Anne,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

Faith shouldn’t happen just because I witness a miracle. Faith should be a daily occurrence where I stretch myself and allow God to mold me even when things are tough.

Jesus said to Anne,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

Jesus did not heal the official’s son because the official asked for it. Jesus does not perform miracles on demand. He healed his son to help the official with his faith. I think Jesus’ mumbling words were for us to hear. He wants us to understand that this is our chance. Be open to His Will. Have faith in Him. Trust that He will provide exactly what we need. Jesus provides miracles so we can finally believe. The miracle isn’t the end of the story. It is the beginning. How we use the miracle to relinquish control and grow our faith is the real story. How we share that faith with others and shine the Light of Christ, humbly and honestly, is truly what faith is all about.

About aslamkowski

Blogger, Speaker and Author of "Revealing Faith: Learning to Place God First in Your Life" Most importantly, desperately wanting to hear and follow God's Will, wife of Peter and mother of three kids.
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1 Response to Foundation of Faith

  1. teachezwell says:

    You shared some really powerful points here. Thank you!

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