The Lord’s Way and Time

Bible:

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:1-5 ESV

I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. Ecclesiastes 3:10-14 ESV

Reflection:

There was once a husband who thought that his wife didn’t do her work in the house very well, and that he could do a better job. So one day he and his wife traded work, but all kinds of things went wrong for the husband. The pig got into the house and knocked over the butter churn. He spilled ale all over the cellar floor. He spilled cream down the well when he was trying to draw water. He forgot to take the cow to the meadow to eat, and decided to put her up on the sod roof instead to graze. So he tied a rope around her neck and put the other end down the chimney and tied it around his own leg. But when the cow fell off the roof, she pulled the husband up the chimney!

We often treat the Lord like this, thinking we know his business and how he should do things better than he does. Even Mary struggled with this. When Jesus was at a wedding feast and his mother was there also, they ran out of wine. Mary knew who her Son was, and she had faith that he could do something about this problem. Jesus had been her helpful and obedient Son for a long time, but he was also her Lord, and now Mary had to learn this. When she asked Jesus for help, he told her that he would help in his own way and in his own time. Mary believed this, and told the servants at the wedding feast to do whatever he told them to do.

When we were caught in sin and death, there was nothing we could do to save ourselves. God saved us in his own way and in his own time. His way was to send Jesus, our Savior, into the world. Jesus died on the cross so that all our sins could be forgiven and we could be free from death and evil. When we see the wonderful way the Lord saved us, we can trust him to hear our prayers and to answer them in the way he wants to and at the time he wants to. We know that his way is always the best way.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us Jesus, our Savior. Thank you for always hearing our prayers and answering them in the way that is best. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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