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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…the mother of Jesus said…"They have no wine."’ John 2:3 NKJV

In Biblical times offering wine to your guests at a wedding was an expected courtesy. It was also a sign of respect, so running out of it would have been considered a social disaster. But observe how Mary handled it. Instead of looking for someone to blame, or making excuses, she took her problem to Jesus. That’s always your best move. ‘O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.’ Jesus told the servants to fill the jars with water and give some to the headwaiter. When he tasted it, the Bible says, ‘…the water had become wine…’ (John 2:9 NCV) But notice, it happened after they had obeyed Jesus, not before. At a particularly contentious church board meeting when one member suggested they pray about the problem, another responded, ‘Has it come to that?’ There are basically two reasons we make prayer our last resort instead of our first: we like to think we’re able to solve our own problems or we feel insignificant and think, ‘It’s okay for Mary to ask Jesus; she’s His mother, but He’s got bigger problems to solve than mine.’ No, your problems are important to God-all of them! He delights in you (Psalm 18:19). He rejoices over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (Isaiah 62:5). You’re never too big or too small to ask your heavenly Father for help. Just take your cue from Mary: identify the problem, bring it to Jesus, do what He tells you, and watch Him work it out.

SoulFood: Acts 16-17, Matt 10:1-10, Ps 140, Pr 16:3

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011

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