Friday, August 25, 2017
Allowing Jesus to Turn Water into Wine
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a).
Scripture’s account of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana is compelling. Jesus loved a celebration. Although He felt that his time to manifest God’s glory had not yet come, He knew His Father’s heart that the celebration not be spoiled.
Jesus and water are themes throughout Scripture.
Immediately after His baptism in the Jordan River, Satan tempted Him in the wilderness for 40 days. The anointed waters of baptism surely nourished Him to resist.
When adversities pound into my life, I am exhorted to: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1: 2).
How can I count the daily afflictions “as joy” had I not the strength of the Holy Spirit’s blessed presence – a wine transforming my watered weaknesses for God’s purposes? It is a surrender impossible without my trust in Him.
My life, no longer full of a vitality once known, can cause me to feel much like the jars of clay filled to the brim with plain water. Though water is life giving, when celebration is the dress for the day, what am I to do with the feelings that I have been left out?
I can remember Mary’s words to the servants at that Cana feast. “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
God asks me to trust the miracle of His living water within me, more powerful than wine, but also the fruit of the Vine I cling to.
God trusts me! Best I keep learning by trusting Him so that I can can be ready for His transformational miracles that will change my life.
Lord, only You have the power to make the changes in my heart and life that will most richly honor You. My heart’s desire is to be still and to let Your power unfold miraculously. Amen.
(devotional from a January, 2015 Rest Ministries' posting)