The Hour I First Believed

Amazing Grace has been sung for decades and sometimes its powerful message gets lost in the routine of our having memorized the words. I keep considering the lyrics “the hour I first believed”.

In recorded healings of Jesus’ day there was a nobleman who came to find Jesus, begging him to come back to his home to heal his dying son. It’s interesting to make note of Jesus’ reply. “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed.

When the man returns to his home a servant comes to tell him his son is doing fine. The nobleman asks what hour it was that he began to get better. Once it’s confirmed to be the exact hour Jesus had spoke to him, the man’s entire household believed.

As I ponder “the hour I first believed”, I realize how much my own life has been changed and transformed. I have yet to see the signs and wonders they saw in the days Jesus walked the earth, but I know we will. Until that time, I count it a win to live by faith. Daily I see my prayers answered simply because I choose to believe.

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