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"Behind the Miracle"

February 28, 2004

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Today's Reading: John 2 & Psalm 15

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5

What would you call the event described in John 2:1-11? The Wedding at Cana.? The Changing of Water into Wine? Jesus’ First Miracle? All correct. But something else was going on just under the surface—a miracle behind the miracle. Listen to Mary’s advice to the servants.

During the wedding feast, the servants made an embarrassing discovery: The host had run out of wine. Mary, aware of the problem, turned to Jesus. She was absolutely content to leave the solution to Him, clearly seen in what she said to the servants: “Do whatever He tells you.”

Easy for Mary to say? Sure—she had faith in Him. But what about the servants? They could have taken Mary’s words simply as a passing suggestion. They could have pulled back, hesitated, or refused to do whatever He tells you…a response that would be a sin of omission—the sin of not doing whatever He tells you.

How often have we heard a resounding Thus Saith the Lord, yet hesitated or failed to follow His command? Then we wind up thinking, “Why didn’t I…?” and “If only I had … !” The miracle behind the miracle? Before the water was poured into jars, before the servants drew out the finest wine this world has ever tasted, there was the miracle that those servants did not hesitate to do whatever He tells you. That’s faith. That’s the work of the Holy Spirit. And yes, faith makes a difference—the difference in life, in living. Do whatever He tells you!

Prayer
Almighty God, turn our footsteps so that we may faithfully follow Your commands in all things, our lives becoming a true testament to the life, death, and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Response
What is He telling you to do today? Check out Matthew 7:7; Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Peter 5:7; 1 John 1:9.

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 11-12    Mark 7:1-13

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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