Monday, February 23, 2015

"Something More"

    The first miracle performed by the Lord Jesus Christ took place at a wedding, where He changed water into wine (John 2:1-12).

    John does not record the names of the couple whose joyous event included this revelation of the power of God, as manifested through the Son of God.  He actually tells us nothing at all about the new husband and wife.  When reading the narrative, however, I often wonder about the impact of the Lord's gracious transformation of the ordinary and everyday into the extraordinary and eternal.  The marriage began with a miracle, an overt display of the involvement of Divine reality in a human relationship.  Water became wine.  This must have greatly affected the couple, and we can only surmise that God's involvement at the outset of their relationship infused their bond with a profound sense of wonder, significance, and the awareness that the Lord had great purposes for their life together.

    In every relationship God gives to us, whether family, friendship, professional association, or seemingly casual acquaintance, we do well to request and expect the figurative transformation of water into wine.  We must seek His involvement in our human associations, or rather, we must seek His enabling to recognize and respond to His already-existing presence and working.  No God-given relationship in our lives exists as merely a human-human affiliation.  We rather relate to family, friend, colleague, and acquaintance in the scope and context of the Divine presence and enabling.  By faith, we open our eyes to see and choose in our hearts to receive the wine of the Divine where our natural tendency involves partaking only of water. 

    "Heavenly Father, I believe You to be present and involved in this relationship for the glory of the Lord Jesus, the fulfillment of Your will, and the furtherance of Your eternal purpose in Christ.  In this holy context and purpose, I trust that You purpose to bless us with Your love, grace, and the infusing of our bond with a goodness that can only be explained by the transforming presence and power of Your Son.  Lead us accordingly, in the recognition of Your involvement in this relationship for the glory of the Lord Jesus, in whose name I pray, Amen."

    We do well to see the bonds of our lives in this holy light.  Our Father has sent the Lord Jesus to transform water into wine.  Recognition of such truth prepares us to experience and partake of something more, something better, and something greater than merely the human in relationships God purposes to grace with the Divine.

"Let us walk in the light of the Lord."
(Isaiah 2:5)

Weekly Memory Verse
    The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(John 10:10)

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