You Talking to Me? – Part 25
Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Again today, take a few moments and read John 2:1-12. I’m sure you know the story. Jesus is attending a wedding in Cana. It appears that His mother, Mary, has some level of authority at the event (perhaps she could have been the wedding planner). Nevertheless, when they ran short of wine, Mary knew something no one else knew. Her son, the Son of God that is, present as a guest. She told Jesus of the shortage. His response was simple. It wasn’t His hour. This wasn’t His wedding. It wasn’t His time. And yet, despite all that, when faith was released, Jesus acted. That should speak volumes to every believer.
Mary told the servants to do whatever Jesus said. Jesus commanded water pots to be filled with water and that water from the pots be carried to the governor of the feast. Upon its arrival to the governor, the water had become wine, and not just any wine, but the best wine yet to be served. While the servants were only obeying orders, can you hear the thoughts running through their minds? “You’re telling me to carry water to the governor of the feast?” Or in other words, “You talking to me?”
There are many lessons to be taken from this, the first miracle of Jesus, but I want you to focus with me on two. First is the matter of what many call “God’s timing.” I’m not sure it’s what many think it is. It’s not the church, or any member of it, who is waiting on God. It is God Who is waiting on us. In this instance, we see Jesus, Who knew what He had come to do, though not yet at that point in the process, moved at the request of another when faith was released. So often, we think it is the timing of God that brings healing or deliverance or provision. I frequently hear people say God will do such-and-such a thing in His time. It’s not a matter of time. It is a matter of aggressive faith, the violent taking it by force.
Secondly, take not of the response of the servants. They had no clue what was about to happen. You don’t need a clue either. Their responsibility was to obey; to trust and obey. They trusted Mary, and they obeyed Jesus. They did not know what was about to happen, how it would happen, or why it would happen. They simply trusted and obeyed. You and I don’t always need to know what is about to happen, how it will happen, or why it will happen. But if we will simply “trust and obey,” our God will demonstrate His power for His glory, for the edifying of the body of Christ, and for the blessing of all who will receive.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4