This quarter, we focus on Jesus as our Soon-Coming King in our weekly devotional series. This week’s devotional comes from John 2 – 7.
Have you ever heard someone say something like, “Those were the good old days?” Usually it is someone either reminiscing about a time in his life that he really enjoyed, or remembering a time in the past as better than it really was—often, it’s both.
I have a close friend who often talks about his spiritual life that way. He waxes about a time when he was “on fire” for God, and had the availability and passion to “really make a difference for Christ.” It’s a trap into which we all can fall.
Personally, I am facing a similar challenge as I have transitioned from full-time to volunteer ministry. The change has seriously messed with my perception of being available to do the ministry of God. I face a constant battle to not look back at the “good old days.”
In John 4:43 – 54, we read about the time when Jesus returned to Cana, where He previously had performed the miracle of turning water into wine (see John 2). A royal official came to Jesus with a desperate need, wanting Him to heal his son. He knew Jesus was capable of the miraculous and boldly approached Him for help.
It seems that all of us remember yesterday’s miracles; but often they lose their impact in the midst of our current uncertain moments. In John 20:29 Jesus stated, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (NKJV); and yet in John 4:48, He said, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”
The royal official was inspired by Jesus’ miracle of turning the water into wine—inspired enough to go ahead and ask Jesus to heal his son. And he reaped a handsome reward.
Remember in your own story the ways in which God has miraculously proven Himself to you in the past. Remember to share your story with others in need of God’s miracles in their current uncertain moments. Your “good old days” may be the testimony someone has been waiting for, for God to break through in their current uncertainty, and it may take place in a moment before your very eyes.
When our Eternal King moves, He almost always does it in a moment. Be careful not to blink, or you might miss it.
By: Kaleb Haub, assisting minister at Word of Life (Billings West Foursquare Church) in Billings, Mont.
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