A Father’s Faith

Lou Lotz

Read: John 4:46-54

The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. (v. 50)

Some years ago my son was diagnosed with a kind of lymphoma you’ve never heard of. It is exceedingly rare, afflicting six people in a million. The disease is not curable, but it is treatable, and thus far the treatments seem to be effective.

I pray daily for my son, that he would be made well, healed. But lately I’ve begun to think hard about healing. What, exactly, does healing mean? What is the relationship between healing and faith? If a disease is in remission, is that healing? Are healing and cure synonymous? The stories in the Bible about Jesus healing the sick—could that happen for my son?

Obviously, I feel an affinity for the father who makes a long trek—Capernaum to Cana is at least 25 miles—to beg Jesus to come and heal his son. “Sir, come down before my child dies” (v. 49). Jesus tells the man to go back home; the boy will live. The remarkable thing is that the man is satisfied with this assurance, and he goes on his way, his heart and mind at rest, believing that what the Lord had promised must come to pass. What faith.

Faith is not some vague, wistful longing that the promises of Christ might actually come true. Faith is believing the Lord, come what may, and clinging to his promises with the clutching intensity of a drowning man. O, for faith like that. “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). —Lou Lotz

As you pray, ask God to increase your faith.