Obedience after the “No”

headphones-424163_1920Two days later Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee,  and Jesus and his disciples were invited too.  The wine supply ran out during the festivities, and Jesus’ mother came to him with the problem.

 “I can’t help you now,” he said. “It isn’t yet my time for miracles.”

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you to.”

Six stone waterpots were standing there; they were used for Jewish ceremonial purposes and held perhaps twenty to thirty gallons each.  Then Jesus told the servants to fill them to the brim with water. When this was done he said, “Dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies.”

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants did), he called the bridegroom over.

“This is wonderful stuff!” he said. “You’re different from most. Usually a host uses the best wine first, and afterwards, when everyone is full and doesn’t care, then he brings out the less expensive brands. But you have kept the best for the last!” John 2:1-5 (TLB)

This is the first miracle accounted to Jesus in His earthly ministry.  His mother comes to Him.  Yes, He is the Son of God, but He is also her son.  She humbles herself to ask her child.  She asks not on behalf of herself, but with the problem of someone else.  It wasn’t something that they asked her to fix.  It was an inconvenience, that may have spoke more to a social status than a “true” physical need. She steps in to someone else’s problem and brings God in to fix it.Mary didn’t even seem to listen to Jesus . He had told her no that he couldn’t.  She instead responds to the servants “Do whatever He tells you.”

She didn’t take His “no” at face value, she encouraged instead for the servants to listen to His instructions.  How many miracles do we miss out on because we stop listening after God says “No”?  We hear the period, where God has placed a pause.  He pauses before telling us how to get His will.

If Mary had stopped at the “No” there would have  been no miracle.  Sometimes God’s greatest miracles are not found in His “yes” but in our obedience following His “no.” 

If the servants had stopped short of giving it to the master of ceremonies, there might have been no wine.  There is no indication it was anything more than water before if was given to him to taste.  Sometimes the miracles are seen when we encourage others to obey Christ.

It is important that we press in when we need  God to work a miracle.  We need to listen for His voice of instruction.

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