How big is your faith? I often feel like my faith is small, and I am sure that many of you can identify. The good news is, though, that it doesn’t have to be that big. It just has to be in the right Person. In fact, that very Person once said this regarding faith:
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Today in John 4, we find ourselves in what I’d like to call a “Mustard Seed Moment”. Jesus went to the Galilee region and found Himself nearby a familiar place: Cana. That is where He would make water into wine; a very important miracle that would be a fitting, symbolic description of what His earthly ministry would look like. This time, He would continue past Cana to what many scholars call His hometown (more so than Nazareth) because of the frequency of His visits there. It’s a place called Capernaum. Go look up everything that happened there during Jesus’ time on earth… fascinating stuff.
What was the “Mustard Seed Moment”? Well, what we read today tells us about the government official with the sick child. In context, you could contend that this official was likely a Gentile, not a Jew. This man knew enough about Jesus that He truly had faith that Jesus could do something about his child’s health. He wanted Jesus to come to see the child in person, but Jesus would not do so.
Most of us, at this point, would have lost faith. Jesus not coming = child not healed. This would be such a frustrating end to the story. But it wasn’t the end! Jesus told the man that the boy would be well, and the story continues to reveal that Jesus came through. It was through the healing power of the Savior, and it was through a small moment of faith. The official didn’t stop believing (start humming ‘Journey’). His faith in Jesus prevailed over the sickness.
It doesn’t always work out this way, and that’s okay. God is sovereign and works all things out for His good and glory, as well as for the good of His children (1 Cor. 2:9, Romans 8:28). But we still need to have faith. He grants eternal life through faith. He gives peace through faith. He instills hope through faith. He gives us courage to accomplish His will & mission through faith. And I am sure many of you can testify of profound “Mustard Seed Moments”.
I pray that it is a faith-filled Thursday for you, CPC family.
By: Todd Thomas