Devotions for the Week of January 15, 2017

Meditation for the Week of January 15, 2017

“On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.  When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”  This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”  (John 2:1-11)

Has it ever struck you as odd that Jesus’ first miracle seems so trivial?  He provides wine for a party when the guests have already had plenty to drink.  You would think that Jesus’ first miracle would be some great healing, that He would cast out demons or feed the hungry, or maybe even raise the dead.  But the first miracle is turning water into wine.

Isn’t it wonderful, though, to see Jesus caring for even the last little detail in this couple’s life?   He wants the bride and groom to have a joyful celebration, and so He provides the wine, the best wine around.  Jesus’ miracles aren’t all about matters of life and death.  Here He gives His friends the joy of happy wedding reception.

All of the joys in our life, big and small, are gifts from God.  We often think of the big things, the gifts of life and salvation, healing and forgiveness, which are certainly important.  But even the little things, the everyday and mundane things are gifts from Him.  God provides you with gifts like beautiful weather, a friendly neighbor, a tasty meal, or an exciting TV show.  He not only gives you life, but He fills your life with joy and gladness.

Take a few moments to think about all the things that give you joy and pleasure in your life, and thank Jesus for these gifts.          

Our Weekly Prayer

 

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

 

Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.