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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, September 25, 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:
People look everywhere but to God for excitement and meaning. For some reason, they expect God to be dull and lifeless. Just as the wine Jesus made was the best, so life in him is better than life on our own. Why wait until everything else runs out before trying God? Why save the best until last? (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.
Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
John D. Bown (Minnesota) titled his story “THE BEST FOR LAST;” here is a portion of John’s story:
“One Sunday my pastor preached a sermon entitled ‘Saving the Best for Last.’ His message was based on John’s account of Jesus’ turning water into wine. . . .
“As I was reflecting on the sermon, it occurred to me that this is also true for those who follow Christ – the best comes at the end. We all encounter difficulties and hardships: illness, broken relationships, loss of loved ones, conflicts, stress, and many other challenges. Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed and discouraged. But as Christians, we can look forward with hope. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we can live with the assurance that the best is yet to come. We can look forward to an eternal life of joy and peace with our Lord and Savior.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter what I face today, God offers hope for a better tomorrow.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to trust you to give us strength during the challenges we face. Amen.
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