April 4, 2011 by bobet888
The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
– John 4:43-54
|April 4, 2011 Bible Reading and Gospel|
“There can be miracles, when you believe,” a popular song goes.
Maybe the reason why the things we have been asking God is not yet granted is because we never really believe a hundred percent. There is that little persistent doubt nagging in our hearts.
Faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain. But why do we sometimes fail to master an absolute belief, trust and hope in God? Because maybe we don’t listen to Him. Our communication with God is one way. We voiced out our concerns to Him but we’re not interested with His response.
Or maybe because we lack an intimate relationship with Jesus. We treat Jesus like a stranger we come across the street, ask for direction, and then later forget about him. In the journey of life, Jesus must be our companion. Jesus must be our closest friend. There should be that rapport between us and Jesus. And the first step towards that intimate relationship with the Lord is to get to know Jesus better.
Spending a time everyday reading the Gospel is the only way we can know Jesus better. By reflecting on his words we can have our hearts attuned to him. When we are best friends with Jesus, we are assured that Our Father in heaven will favor us, because we have his Son to vouch for us.
It is easy to believe in our best friend. To trust in him completely. Sometimes words are not necessary to convey feelings and sentiments. When our best friend discovers us in our destitute, he will do his best to save us. Don’t we want Jesus to be that best friend?
The next time we ask God for something, imagine God asking Jesus, “Son, do you know this fellow? He’s asking some favor from me.” What do you think would be Jesus’ reply? Is it like this: “No, he’s friend with Satan, he doesn’t believe in me.” Or this: “Yes, I know that one very much. He wants to be around me a lot.”
Lord Jesus, I want to get closer to you. I want to have an intimate relationship with you. I want to know you better. Please allow me to be your best friend.