4: 50 Jesus said to the royal official, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.

51 As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive.
52 So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” 53 The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household.

54 Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

At what point in this story did the “royal official” “believe”? You would think it was belief that had caused the “royal official” to make the journey from Capernaum to Cana in Galilee to seek out Jesus in the first place. Or perhaps his belief did not really kick in until, following Jesus’ rebuke of those who sought “signs and wonders”, he pressed on undaunted pleading further with Jesus that he might come down and heal his son.

But, it is not until verse 50 that John says of this “royal official”

The man believed

Or, perhaps his belief does not really kick in until verse 53 when it is reported that, having heard the report of his son’s miraculous recovery,

he himself believed, along with his whole household.

Belief is a process. It grows deeper with time, with patience and with practice. The thing about this “royal official” is that he was willing to exercise his faith. He was willing to take whatever seemed to be the next logical, or perhaps even illogical, step on this journey to seek help. He was willing to follow obediently the voice he had come to trust, no matter where it might lead. So, when Jesus says, “Go”, he goes.  And as he moves forward, one step at a time in pursuit of his goal, his faith deepens. His belief grows stronger.

What are the voices that help my faith to deepen?

How do I respond when the voice of truth speaks?