“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:1-11).
The historical account of Jesus turning water into wine is one of many miracles. Powerful and, yet, consequently overlooked is the biblical principle that favor is released through immediate submission. In verse 3, we read Mary said to Jesus, “They have no wine.” His response, “Woman, what have I to do with this? My hour is not yet come” (verse 4). Notice, Mary then humbly affirms Christ authority as Lord over her by instructing the servants to do whatever He said (verse 5).
Oftentimes, it is not that God doesn’t care about what we desire, He is simply checking the intentions of our heart. Are we more concerned with convenience than we are with His divine purpose: To be glorified in our lives as well as in the lives of others so that through faith in Him all may receive salvation and the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4)? Once we have humbly submitted to the will of God, as record in John 2:1-11, the outpouring of favor is often released. The prophet Isaiah explains the favor connected to submission this way, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.”
The issue is never the extent in which Jesus is willing to fulfill our need, the issue is always the condition of our heart in which the need is desired.
3 Questions That Promote Divine Alignment:
1. Submission: Does it glorify Christ? If the desired outcome will only benefit you (and yours) or, if the desired result is purely superficial, allow God to prune your spirit so that your heart aligns with His heart. God absolutely has no issue with meeting, even, exceeding our desires, He simply wants them to come from a pure conscience.
2. Self-Denial: Will it become your god? Jesus will not satisfy any need that we will idolize above our desire to live for Him. Most often, Satan does that in an effort to dilute our relationship with Christ. You serve a jealous God! Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you, not your desires or emotions.
3. Love: Is it edifying to others? The importance of love is continually affirmed throughout the bible. Second to loving Jesus, our focus should be loving one another; a virtue that can be expressed through esteeming others above ourselves. When your desire is to edify someone else, you are in divine company!
Dear Heavenly Father, not our will but let Thine will be done.
O Jesus, I pray that this lesson brings forth clarity and assists in building Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela
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