How is a Spark of Faith Ignited in a Person’s Heart?
Faith is a matter of trust
What does it take for a person to become a believer in God? Is it a certain understanding?
How is a spark of faith ignited in a person’s heart?
I don’t know of one specific answer. In fact, when you ask a hundred different people how they came to believe, you may get a hundred different answers.
If you ask a theologian, he may give you one specific answer. But if you ask several different theologians and philosophers, you’ll get a gaggle of answers.
This story at the end of Chapter 4 of John tells of a second miraculous sign done by Jesus. Once again, Jesus was in Cana of Galilee where He turned water into wine.
This time, a little boy is healed and his father becomes a believer.
Believing in God is personal—a matter of trust
Faith is personal
Believing in God is personal. It’s neither logical nor illogical. Belief is not the result of some spiritual dynamic or impersonal force, it’s a matter of trust.
The story of this father’s request of Jesus includes insights into the spiritual climate of that time. As Jesus said, “If people don’t see miracles… they won’t believe.”
This father — a government official — was an exception.
He believed Jesus could and would heal his young son. He personally trusted Jesus to do this.
How can we know this?
When Jesus told him his son would recover, the man believed Jesus. Another Bible version says, “The man took Jesus at his word….”
Later, as the man traveled back home, his servants brought news of the boy’s recovery and when it took place. Realizing the power of Jesus’ word of assurance—he and his family became believers.
The man believed what Jesus told him
Want to dig in and study this more?
Here’s the text of the story, some questions, and a couple of ways to personalize the truth for your own life—
Bible text— John 4:43–54 GW
Key phrase — The man believed what Jesus told him
Review the Scripture text above as you answer the following questions
- Where do Jesus and the disciples travel after being in Samaria?
- Who comes to Jesus and what does he ask of the Lord?
- What does Jesus say to this father the first time? How does the father plead with Jesus for his son?
- What does Jesus tell him and how does the father respond?
Taking it to heart…
Now read through the Scripture text again as you consider and answer these questions
- Why do you think Jesus says people won’t believe unless they see miracles?
- How is it clear the government official was trusting in Jesus rather than looking for a miracle?
- When did the man know his son was healed by Jesus? How did it change his life?
- If you’re a believer, when did you become a believer and what was your turning point?
Meditate On This — Faith — believing and trusting in God — is personal.
It’s neither logical nor illogical or the result of some spiritual dynamic or impersonal force, it’s a matter of trust.
When you’re willing to take Jesus at His word faith becomes personal and genuine.
Prayer Focus — Choose to interact with the Lord in a personal way when you pray. Start by being thankful and reflecting on God’s faithfulness.
Pray from your heart as a child who trusts in her parents. Trust is the key to authenticity as a believer in God.
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