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"A Key to Miracles: Accepting His Timing"

September 20, 2004

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“Dear woman, why do you involve Me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:4-5

Jesus changes water to wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Notice how Mary accepts His timing. First, she recognizes and admits a need. The wine supply is short. Jewish wedding celebrations lasted for a week, and hospitality dictated an abundance of wine. Mary admits the need for more wine and feels inadequate to handle the problem. Though we claim self-sufficiency in our public and private lives, we come to the point where we must recognize and admit our need for help.

Then Mary brings her need to Jesus. She trusts Him to help her. She simply says, “They have no more wine” (John 2:3). We need to bring all of our needs and problems to Jesus, the One who died for our sins and asks us to come to Him. Personal, church, and vocational needs all can be handled by the Forgiver and Healer.

But Jesus seemingly rebukes Mary by saying, “My time has not yet come.” He wants her to learn to accept His timing. He is saying, “Let Me handle your problems My way and at My time.” His action in this instance relates to His whole mission on earth, ultimately to His greatest hour, being glorified on the cross. Led by the Spirit, Mary humbly instructs the servants to do whatever He tells them. She accepts His timing in faith.

We hear the same words from Jesus, “My time has not yet come.” He wants us to participate in His plan of salvation and uphold His cross as we humbly trust Him to meet our needs. By faith we accept His timing.

And Jesus changed water into wine in a magnificent way, giving glory to God. We, too, witness God at work in a miraculous way in our lives as He brings many to faith and uses us to point others to His redeeming love.

PRAYER: Lord, help us to accept Your timing in our lives. Amen.

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