Taking God at His Word - In Everyday Life

Cathy Hurtado 

“And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.” John 4:46b-50

In the passage, we see a simple definition of faith, taking Jesus at His word. The royal official asks Jesus to come before his child dies. Jesus assures him that his child will live. Unlike those who wanted signs and wonders to believe, this man takes Jesus at His word and heads home believing that Jesus would do what He said. One the way, he meets his servants and learns that Jesus did indeed heal his son at the moment He said he would.

The Bible is God’s Word to us today and we exercise our faith when we take God at His Word, when we believe and act as He requests. It looks like this: 1 Peter 1:6-7 tells me to rejoice when I am in the midst of suffering because God is refining my faith through my suffering. In verses 3-5, I learn that I am to rejoice in the greatness of my salvation. I probably do not feel like rejoicing. In reality, I’d probably rather complain and get sympathy. But faith, taking God at His Word, chooses to rejoice in my salvation, and believe that God is refining and purifying my faith.

The result of learning to take God at His Word is that God is pleased. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” In fact, it’s stronger than that. Without faith, we cannot please Him. As you hear God’s Word this week, take God at His Word and live a life of faith.

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