By Marilynn Chadwick
Perhaps you’ve heard it said that talk is cheap. But words are the mysterious raw material of God’s creative activity. I have always loved words. I'm intrigued by their power both for good and evil.
The powerful man swallowed any pride that went with his title and literally begged Jesus to come home with him to heal his son. "You may go," Jesus responded. "Your son will live." Jesus told the man to go home alone – without him. I can only imagine the leap of faith it took for this father to return home with Jesus' promise, but without his actual presence.
I’ve reflected on the man’s quietly daring faith. The text tells us simply that “the man took Jesus at his word and departed” (John 4:50 NIV).
The phrase "took [him] at his word" comes from the word pisteuo, which means “to trust.” The man trusted Jesus and departed. While he was still on the way home, his servants met him with the news that the boy was alive! What's more, he got better at the precise time Jesus said he would live.
Has Jesus spoken a promise to your heart today? It requires great faith to simply take him at his Word and walk away. I pray that we have the confidence to trust Jesus enough to turn our back on the problem – however huge it may seem – and keep our eyes on his promise.
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