Devo Guide - January 5
John 2:1-11 NIV
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." "Woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now." 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.
In this story, Jesus is revealed as the One who is able to provide. At this time, weddings were huge celebrations and the hospitality of the hosts was seen as very important. Thus, the apparent lack of enough wine was more than a minor issue. It would have caused considerable humiliation and stress for the host. When Jesus’ mother heard of the problem, she did what each of us should do when we find ourselves in need. She turned to Jesus. In response, He met the need in an amazing way. While much could be said about this miracle, it is significant to note the timeliness of His provision. The need was met on time, yet on God’s timetable. In our “I want it now” world, we often want God to meet our needs in our way and on our timetable. But, He sees the bigger picture and in His wisdom, knows how and when to best provide. Pastor Lyle
As you begin this new year, thank God for His provision. Turn to Him with the needs in your life and ask for patience and faith to wait for His timing.
• Pray that God’s Spirit would work powerfully and effectively in all the various activities taking place on our church calendar this weekend. • Pray for Yuri Nakano, an NAB missionary we support. • Pray for the Northern Canada Evangelical missionaries, Kit & Debbie Elford. • Pray for the Pregnancy Care Centre. • Pray for the nation of Canada. Pray that God would bring spiritual renewal to Edmonton and the churches in our land.