Daily Share-Look back.
“He asked them when the boy had begun
to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock
his fever suddenly disappeared!” Then the father realized that that was
the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his
entire household believed in Jesus.”
John 4:52-53 NLT
How many prayers have you prayed in your life? How many times have you asked the Lord for something? If you’re like me it’s more times than I could possibly count. These verses really call me to reflect on that.
In these verses this man has been to see Jesus. He sought him out because he had heard of the things Jesus was able to do. His son was dying and he needed a miracle. So he made the connection. He told Jesus his need, and when Jesus told him to go home because his son would live, he believed and went on his way.
It doesn’t say how long the journey was for the man to get home, but apparently it took at least a day from the timeline given. Could you imagine leaning your dying son to find Jesus? And then taking his word that the boy would live when he refused to come to the mans house to heal him? In many ways I can’t imagine what it would have been like, but in other ways I can totally relate.
We have to do the same thing this man did. We have to seek out Jesus in our lives. We have to believe in who he is and what he’s capable of. We then have to come to him, bringing our needs, and make a connection. We then have to believe that he will answer.
When we pray and bring our needs to Jesus he hears us just like he did this man. He also answers just like he did for this man. If you notice however, he didn’t answer the way the man wanted him to. The man suggested how he wanted his answer to come, by Jesus going to his home to heal his son. Oh at the times I’ve told Jesus how to answer my prayers. I’m glad I’m not the only one! But Jesus answered the best way. He just told the man to go and his son would live. The man really didn’t have another option at that point but to go home and see what would happen. That’s what we have to do as well.
When we take our needs to Jesus we have to trust that he will answer and that it will be in the best way. We have to leave it with him. It wasn’t until later that the man was fully convinced that Jesus had answered him. It was when he was met on the road to his home with the news of his sons healing. He knew then that Jesus had come through. It is often at the point of an answer to my prayers that I thank God and move on. But I just wonder how many times, if I had just taken a second to look back, would I find just how perfect the answer to my prayers really was? This man did take a second. He asked when it happened, and then realized that it happened at the exact moment Jesus spoke the words. He realized how perfect that answer was. He realized that with the way Jesus answered his son was healed immediately. He realized that if Jesus had answered the way he requested his son could have died or would have suffered more during the time it took to get to his house. Jesus answered the best way.
It was when the man realized this, that he truly was a believer of Jesus. He understood the great compassion and love he has that he would answer his request in the best way possible despite his request for something different. I believe if we took a second to look back on some of the ways Jesus has answered our prayers we wouldn’t be so quick to doubt him the next time we needed something. Our answered prayers and the testimonies we gain through those are supposed to be builders of our faith. I often times think we let that aspect of them slip away however because we are too busy to look back and see just how amazing his answer really was. Don’t think so? Then why is it that so many times we come to God in a panic begging him to move on something (after we’ve seen him do even greater things) because we doubt that he will answer us? Perhaps it’s time we take a minute to look back on our answered prayers and see the beautiful miracles performed precisely for our best interest in each and every one, and let those build our faith.
Such a wonderful reminder these verses are to me to take a moment and look back on all the Lord has done for me, and to not be so quick to move on selfishly after I got my answer to prayer. Perhaps there are some things you need to look back on today as well.
Thanks for joining me!