So I’ve read this account of Jesus turning water into wine multiple times and really took it at face value…Jesus performed an impossible task, so He must be who He says He is. After reading into it, I finally got out of it what I probably should have in the first place.
Read up and then let’s discuss.
John 2:1-10 HCSB
On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told Him, “They don’t have any wine.” “What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman? ” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.” “Do whatever He tells you,” His mother told the servants. Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons. “Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. Then He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.” And they did. When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from — though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.”
1. Who do you turn to when there is a problem? In this situation, who else could have solved the problem? Was there someone at the wedding who had instant access to a large amount of wine? Anyone that could quickly whip up a batch? Not likely. Mary knew to look to her son Jesus to solve the problem.
Who do we look to when we have a problem? Your neighbor, friend, or spouse may have a solution for you…but is it the best solution to your problem? Jesus will always have the solution, even to something seemingly trivial like running out of wine. God has placed people in our lives to maybe see out the solution or to provide help, but we must look to Jesus first. Prayer, reading His Word, and spending time listening will help.
2. Once we get our answer…do we actually follow instructions? Mary told the servants to do whatever Jesus said. He simply tells them to fill jugs with water. Huh? They need wine…not jugs of water. Don’t we need grapes, or need to make a run to the liqueur store? The servants faithfully do what He says regardless if they completely understand it.
So…when God speaks to us, do we listen? If He tells us to do something we don’t completely understand, do we rebel and do something else? If we don’t understand, it is OK to ask someone who is wiser than you to help. In the end, we need to faithfully follow His commands.
3. God’s solution is better than our own. Jesus made the best wine at the wedding! Any other solution to their dilemma would have ended with cheaply made wine or no wine at all. God wants the solution that is best for us!
Ever try to do something on your own and have it blow up in your face? Ask my wife if you want some good ones that I’ve done. Lol. God has a perfect solution with the absolute best results for us. Faithfully seek His advice AND thenfollow it! It may not make sense at the time, but in the end it will be clear.
The best is yet to come.