Scripture for this Week: John 2:1-11
Scripture for Next Week: Luke 4:14-21
Have ever experienced what you might describe as a miracle? I know that some people will say, “Every day when I wake up, I consider it a miracle!” Or we might see a miraculous sunrise, or the birth of a child, or said child somehow graduates from high-school. But those are not the miracles I’m talking about. I have a pastor friend who heard God tell him to lay hands on a woman in a hospital bed who had been pronounced dead, the sheet pulled over her head, and all the machines detached. She was dead. He prayed for her and felt her body move. The next day he was at her house celebrating her “recovery” with a house full of friends. Explain it how ever you want, my friend knows what he experienced was a miracle.
But here is the problem with miracles. The impact fades with time. Ten years disappear, and your child becomes terribly ill. The pain and fear cloud the memories of the miracle you were once certain that you experienced, and doubt begins to weave its way into your soul. Did that miracle really happen? Why won’t God fix this pain today? Why won’t God again turn my water into wine? Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of the Divine Nature to accept is that God is free to be capricious. God does not have to follow rules; especially the ones we define for God. Sometimes God just seems to have a mind of His own. When it comes to God, we are often given just enough divine love to keep the fires of faith kindled. The question is, can we be content in that space?
Read this passage again from John. Why does Jesus seem so reluctant to perform the miracle his mom expects him to perform? What benefit comes from this miracle other than the extension of the party with really, really, really good wine? The next day how many of the party goers will even remember? And just exactly what did the disciples believe about Jesus?
The word translated as believe in this sentence is the Greek word pistueo. It does mean believe. But it also means “I trust” or “I place faith in.” Read verse 11 again with the alternate meanings.
- Do those new translations help you to see the whole story differently?
- Do you think Jesus wanted the disciples to believe in him or do you think his goal was for them to have faith in him and trust him?
- Now place yourself in the story as a disciple and answer that last question for yourself.
Now for the really important questions of faith.
- Why is faith or trust in Jesus important to you? How does it make a difference in your life?
- How does Jesus help you develop trust in him?
- How does he kindle the fire of your faith?
Might your faith be considered a divine revelation? Might it not be a miracle?
May you be filled with God’s peace.