JOHN 2:8-10: “And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” NKJV
OBSERVATION: What do you want in life – good, better, or best? I think all of us would honestly admit that we want the best life can offer. We want this for ourselves, our families, and those that we love. Yet, many times the best seems out of reach.
With God – the best is always at hand!
The first miracle that Jesus performed reminds me of this wonderful truth. Jesus, his mother, and His family were at a wedding celebration. There must have been some connection between the wedding party and Jesus’ mother because when they ran out of wine she felt compelled to find a solution. She had held the truth and promise of Jesus’ call and the prophetic words that had been spoken by the angel for years. With nowhere else to turn – she turns to Jesus.
Jesus reminds His mother that He simply cannot perform a miracle on demand. He must always follow the Father’s direction. The text does not specify this, but knowing Jesus’ love for His mother, and His obedience to the Father, I think Jesus asked the Father if He could help. The result is a wonderful miracle the speaks volumes about our life.
Jesus does not give the wedding attendants some money to go and buy wine. He takes ordinary clay pots that were empty. The pots themselves did not have anything to offer except being a willing vessel. Next, He asks the attendants to fill them up to the brim with water. Now, I am no scientist, but I know that you cannot age water and turn it into wine. The most ordinary pot, the most ordinary ingredient, the most spectacular outcome.
When Jesus told the attendants to draw some from the pot and take it to the chief steward, the chief steward was amazed! This was no ordinary wine. It was not made from a second-hand crop. It was not watered down. It was probably the best wine he had ever tasted (or anyone for that matter will ever taste again!). Jesus had taken the ordinary and transformed it into the best!
I think this is why we miss the best in life so many times. We are looking for it based on the standards of the world. In the world, the best is always bigger and brighter. All we have to do is watch television and listen to the commercials to realize we do not have the best this world has to offer. Yet, the best does not come from the hands or creativity of man. The best comes when we see God take that which is ordinary in our lives and transform it right before us!
There have been times in my life when I have stubbornly gone in the wrong direction because I thought I knew what was best. At times I achieved it, only to find emptiness and disappointment. When I learned to surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life I began to experience the miracle of the wedding of Cana. God took what the world would think as second best, filled it with His Holy Spirit, and turned it into the best for my life!
God created us. He knows us. He wants to give us from His fullness all things that pertain unto life and godliness. Jesus came so that we might have joy and that our joy would remain. When we surrender the clay pot of our life to Him – He fills it with His Holy Spirit and transforms both our life and our trajectory. We no longer desire the things of this life. Our focus begins to move to that which is eternal. And, the most surprising thing happens…
We finally can live in joy and contentment with who we are and what He has provided!
God’s will is the best possible expression of His love for us. It is the “best wine” that we could ever receive. Proverbs 10:22 says – “The blessings of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.” There is sorrow in this life, for sure. Yet, amid all the trials and sorrow – there is always joy. The Father delights in giving us the Kingdom. Jesus stands ready to bring the refreshing flow of the Holy Spirit into the dry empty clay pots of our lives.
Lord, this morning, help me to settle for nothing but – YOUR BEST!
In Jesus Name!