July 17, 2020
Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.
Our culture is obsessed with efficiency. We’re often not quite satisfied with the speed things get done; it seems most things could always be accomplished just a little bit faster, right? I grew up before microwaves, so as a kid if I wanted to heat up some leftovers I put them in a pan on the stove. It never occurred to me that five minutes spent quietly stirring something was a ridiculous waste of time (like the old commercial says: “There must be a better way!”)
For those of us who really like efficiency, our passage this week shows God can be the King of efficiency when He wants to. The royal official asks Jesus to heal his son, and Jesus simply tells him to go, his son will be okay. The next day the official finds out his son was healed the instant Jesus spoke. Now that’s efficient!
But even when God does things like this, I don’t think efficiency is really what He’s after in our lives. Ultimately, God is always looking for our hearts, our trust and our love. When He is efficient, it’s not so much to show us how amazingly fast He can be, but rather to once again comfort us that He’s in control. He’s not so much saying, “Look what I can do!” but instead, “Don’t worry, My precious child, I’ve got this. I’ve always got this.”
Are you worried today about God’s timing in some area of your life? Are you troubled by doubts because you don’t know His resolution for you yet? Take heart, He knows all about it and what He’s going to do! And perhaps He’s already done it. Take time today to cast your cares anew before your Heavenly Father who “knows what you need before you ask”!