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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Miracles are not merely superhuman events, but events that demonstrate God’s power. Almost every miracle Jesus did was a renewal of fallen creation—restoring sight, making the lame walk, even restoring life to the dead. Believe in Christ not because he is a superman but because he is the God who continues his creation, even in those of us who are poor, weak, crippled, orphaned, blind, deaf, or with some other desperate need for re-creation. (NLT)
John 2:1-11 – The next day Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother spoke to him about the problem. “They have no more wine,” she told him.
“How does that concern you and me?” Jesus asked. “My time has not yet come.”
But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Six stone water pots were standing there; they were used for Jewish ceremonial purposes and held twenty to thirty gallons each. Jesus told the servants “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled to the brim, he said, “Dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So they followed his instructions.
When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “Usually a host serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone is full and doesn’t care, he brings out the less expensive wines. But you have kept the best until now!”
This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was Jesus’ first display of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. –John 21:25 (NIV)
James N. Watkins (Indian) titled his story “MINI-MIRACLES;” here is a portion of James’ story:
“You would expect the Son of God to begin his ministry with a spectacular miracle . . . But Jesus launched his ministry by saving a party. . . . So Jesus turned water into wine.
“Turning water into wine doesn’t bring anybody back from the dead or free anyone from a life-threatening illness. It does, however, reveal a God who is interested not only in the life-and-death issues we face but also in our daily lives.
“In the same way, the Lord works in even the mundane moments of our lives. A relationship with a God who was interested only in big issues of life would be no more personal than a relationship with the 911 operator. But our infinite, almighty God chooses to relate to us on a more intimate level – not only on the mountaintops but in the dining rooms of our lives.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Where have I seen God’s small miracles today?
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the small miracles that show us how much you love and care for us. Amen.
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