Ashamed and embarrassed …

[Jesus said] “Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe.” John 4:48

This morning Pastor Mark continued his sermon series, “Do You Know Him?” My initial thought was, “Sure, I know Jesus—how could I not know him. I’ve attended and taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school. I’ve worshipped regularly, and written over 2000 meditation moments.” But by the end of his sermon, I was ashamed to think I thought I knew Jesus so well, as I frequently use God as the manager of the customer service department in Heaven.

In John 4:46-54 Pastor retold the story of a prominent man from Capernaum who had heard of “the miracle man” and traveled twenty miles to seek a miraculous healing for his gravely ill son from a man named Jesus

When the man approached Jesus, he demanded Jesus accompany him to his home to heal his son. Jesus simply replied, “Go home. Your son lives.” (vs. 50-51) Without seeing a miracle performed, he believed and headed home. His son’s fever had broken and he was on his way to recovery. The whole family became believers.

Recently, I asked God to heal a friend suffering with cancer, as her family needed her. I didn’t ask for God’s will, but I simply pleaded, “Please, God, heal Cindy.” God gave her a Heavenly healing. I am embarrassed to admit I questioned God, “Why?” I’m ashamed, as I know better.

Help us, Lord, not to question you, nor ask for miracles to satisfy our will. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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