READ: John 2

THINK: Few weddings are matters of life and death, but they often feel that way to the people involved. After giving three daughters in marriage, I can appreciate the concern parents have over proper arrangements for their guests. So whenever I read about the wedding in Cana in John 2:1-11, I find myself smiling at every turn.

Although the events strike me as lighthearted, Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine had the serious purpose of revealing Himself as the Son of God to His disciples.

Many people may have seen the large stone jars being filled with water. But it was the servants, who had poured every gallon, to whom the Lord said, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast” (v.8). The Bible says simply, “And they took it.” Their unhesitating obedience is a model for us in our daily God-given tasks.

The master praised the bridegroom, saying, “You have kept the good wine until now!” He didn’t know its origin (v.10), “but the servants who had drawn the water knew” (v.9).

Like them, we recognize that whenever God uses our meager efforts to help others, it’s a miracle of His power. The servants at Cana who drew the water knew that the praise belonged to Jesus. And so do we. God’s great power deserves our grateful praise.

– David C. McCasland in Our Daily Bread

PRAY: Thank God for his willingness to do great things through you. Ask him to use you to do incredible things for his Kingdom in the coming year and to help you remember, all the while, that anything you accomplish is because of his power working through you.

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