DayBreaks for 02/19/13 – The Lord in the Crisis
John 4:46-50 (NLT) – “As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die. 48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” 49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” 50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.”
This is a story that I have always loved. As a father myself, I can identify with the anguish and angst of the father who comes to Jesus to try to save his son’s life. This was a powerful man – a government official. He had come from Capernaum to Cana to find Jesus – a journey, uphill, of about 20 miles – a good, long day’s journey. He left his son behind in his desperation to get Jesus to come and save his boy. That’s truly desperation. What father would not want to be home with his child at such a time?
And so he arrives in Cana, hot and weary – but he goes straight to Jesus. Notice what happens, though. He has the proper plan already worked out in his own mind – Jesus is to come from Cana to Capernaum with him in order to heal the boy. Isn’t that how we often respond when we find ourselves in a crisis? We come to Jesus – but we come with the plan in place of what He is to do and when He is to do it. In short, we come playing God and as Jesus to play the role of submissive servant to our dictates.
Jesus would have none of it. He even offers a gentle rebuke about people not believing without signs and wonders. He doesn’t even acknowledge the request to start with. But the faith of the father is persuasive, his desperation touches the heart of Jesus. Instead of doing as the man asked (going with him to Capernaum), Jesus essentially says, “No, I won’t go. But you go home and your boy will live!”
Why did Jesus not go with the man? Jesus never seemed to busy or pre-occupied to help those who sought him out, so why not go with him? Because Jesus may have wanted the man to understand that Jesus was not subject to him, but the other way around. It was Jesus who was Lord – in and out of the crisis – and the man needed to understand that.
When you face a crisis this week, how will you approach Jesus? Or will you approach Him at all? If you do, come to Him with palms upturned, not telling him what He should do, but with prayers and thanksgiving just letting Him know your request and then trusting that He has the best solution to the crisis – not you.
PRAYER: For all the times in crisis when I’ve tried to give you directions and explain the right plan to You, Lord Jesus, I’m sorry. Forgive my arrogance and haughty spirit. I bow before Your greatness and Divinity. Help me to trust in You more! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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