Presence and Provision
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him—John 2:11.
Jesus instantaneously created wine from water. He could accelerate the fermentation process, as it was His creation. In response to the urgency of the immediate need, He suspended His natural law and replaced it with His supernatural miracle. Our Lord can take the plain water of our will, and transform it into the robust wine of His will. He expects us to believe and obey, and He will make a way. What cistern of concern can we give to Christ, so He can turn it into His provision?
Furthermore, Jesus brought joy to the wedding ceremony with His presence and His provision. He had just come from the solitude of the desert where He listened to His heavenly Father and fought the devil. Now He supported the joyous public celebration of a husband and wife embarking on a lifetime commitment to God and each other. Where our Savior is invited He shows up with the aura of His glory. He can take our little faith and create much for His sake.
“And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant” (Exodus 14:31).
The fruit of the vine represented gladness in the Old Testament, with an ever present warning against drunkenness. In the New Testament, wine had the solemn honor of representing the blood of Jesus for the payment of our sins. Our warning at the Lord’s Supper is not to take the cup lightly by being glib about the sacrifice of our Savior. Communion is our consecration to Christ for His salvation, followed by a celebration of gratitude. He is our provision of new life in Him.
Lastly, have you invited Jesus to join you in the maturing of your marriage? He is not just a glad wedding guest, but He desires to move forward with you as husband and wife. The ongoing miracle of His presence and provision is needed for your protection and peace. He takes your limited marriage experience and gives you insight on how to love each other well. The Lord longs for your marriage to grow, as your belief in Him grows. Holy matrimony gives Him glory!
“I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your presence and provision for Your creation.
Related Readings: Ecclesiastes 9:7; Habakkuk 2:15; John 3:2, 12:37; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34