Journey Through The Bible Hero

MAY 2, 2021 DEVOTION

Judges 15:1 – 16:31, John 2:1-25, Psalm 103:1-22, Proverbs 14:17-19

“Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana of Galilee. Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother spoke to Him about the problem. ‘They have no more wine,’ she told Him. ‘How does that concern you and Me?’ Jesus asked. ‘My time has not yet come.’ But His mother told the servants, ‘Do whatever He tells you to do.’” (John 2:1-5 NLT)

This miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee is the first recorded miracle of Jesus.

It appears, however, that Jesus’ mother had already seen Him perform miracles, or somehow knew that He had the power to do so, because she had no reservation about informing Him of the situation and expecting Him to do something about it. Apparently, she was confident that Jesus was able to intervene and “save the day.”
The first thing I see in this story is that there was a need. The need was for more wine for the reception that followed the wedding. In those days, if anything went wrong with the wedding ceremony or reception that followed there was a belief that the marriage was probably destined for doom. Of course, we know this is not true, but that was the custom and belief in those days. The fact that there was no wine to continue the reception was a great travesty. So, there was a need at the wedding where Jesus was a guest for someone to step in and rescue the reception (and possibly the marriage) from demise.

The first thing that strikes me about this story is that both Jesus and Mary noticed the need that was prevalent. They didn’t try to ignore the need, act as though it didn’t exist, act as though there were no consequences to it, etc. They saw the need and responded to the need.

Question – “Have you noticed the needs of people around you, what are they, and what have you attempted to do about them?” If we will just look around carefully, we will see needs in the lives of people everywhere. We will see people with material needs, physical needs, emotional needs and financial needs. We will discover people with relational and spiritual needs. People with needs are all around us. We need to identify those needs, begin praying for the Lord to meet those needs, and then begin seeing what we can do in the power of the Lord to address the needs of the people all around us.

When we read about Jesus we find Him always being attentive to and addressing the needs of others. “Two blind men . . . shouted, ‘Lord, have mercy on us!’ . . . Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ He asked” (Matthew 20:30-32). Like Jesus, we must always be willing to be attentive to, pray for and address the needs of others.

The second thing that strikes me about this story is that the servants were told by Mary to obey the Lord, and they were willing to do so (John 2:5-8). The Scriptures tell us that the Lord is always looking for obedience in our lives, that “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Second Question – “In what areas of your life do you need to start obeying the Lord?”

The third thing that strikes me about this story is how Jesus so easily and willingly manifested his power by transforming the molecular content of that water into wine. That reminds me that Jesus is able, by His power, to do absolutely anything to meet the needs of our lives. Nothing is too difficult for Him! Paul wrote that “God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to His power within us” (Ephesians 3:20). When the Lord exercises His power, miracles take place in our lives and the lives of others we are praying for. What Jesus did that day went far beyond transforming the water into wine. He saved a wedding ceremony and ultimately a marriage. He is able to perform similar miracles in our lives when we bring our needs to Him, and manifest a willingness to obey Him!

As you pray today: 1) Pray for the Lord to show the needs of people around you – and to give you direction in how you can begin addressing those needs; 2) Ask the Lord to show you any area of disobedience in your life – and repent of any such disobedience; and 3) Ask the Lord to manifest His power through you today as you strive to reach out and meet the needs of others.