When Jesus returned to Cana where He had changed the water into wine, He met a government official who begged Him to come to his home and heal his son who was about to die. Jesus’ response was not what you might expect, "Will you never believe in Me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?" (Vs. 48).
Was Jesus rebuking him? I don’t think so. I believe He was describing our human condition that says, “If I can see it, I’ll believe it!” But Jesus was about to turn that around! Jesus was teaching a principle of faith that says, “You’ll see it when you believe it.”
The official believed that if Jesus didn’t come to his home and heal his son, the boy was sure to die. He pleaded, "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies!" (Vs. 49).
He made two common mistakes. He assumed that Jesus had to be present to heal his son, and that it would be too late if the boy died! But Jesus would show him that God works the miracle in His time and in His way. So He tells him, "Go back home. Your son will live!" (Vs. 50). What would you do? This was certainly not what he had expected.
Sometimes our expectations of what God should do and how He should do it get in the way. You have to give some credit to this official though. He made no further appeals. As desperate as he was, he chose to believe Jesus and started home. On the way home his servants ran to meet him with the good news that his son was alive and well! In fact, he discovered the miracle occurred at the exact time Jesus had told him to go back home!
Common sense says, “I’ll believe it when I see it!” but faith says, “You’ll see it when you believe it.” The official believed what Jesus told him and, when he acted on that assumption, he saw the miracle!
Are you in a crisis of faith? What has God said that you simply need to believe Him for today? Trust God to work the miracle in His time and in His way.