“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4)
Jesus came to Galilee for a brief visit. Perhaps He wanted to go back home for a time before beginning His public ministry. While He was there, Jesus accompanied His mother to a wedding. In John 2, we see that Jesus loved being with people and He loved to share in their joys. He never isolated Himself from everyday life but He stayed in touch with those to whom He ministered — whether it was in joy or in sorrow. There are some important lessons in that…but for another day.
While at the wedding, a crisis arose. The reception host was about to be embarrassed because the drinks had run out. I don’t know exactly all that was involved in Mary’s request to Jesus, but she obviously believed that Jesus could meet the need. One of the most significant statements in this story is our verse for today. From Jesus’ answer to His mother, there are a couple of spiritual truths I would call to your attention about God’s timing.
God has a purpose for every life, but He also has a timetable. Therefore, Don’t Run Ahead of God. Sometimes in my eagerness to do God’s will, I want to do it quicker than He wants it done. It reminds me of Moses. God had a great plan for Moses. Unfortunately, Moses tried to do the job too quickly and too early. Moses decided that God was calling him to free the people from slavery and oppression and God was calling him NOW! You remember what happened. Moses killed an Egyptian, the Jews questioned whether God sent Moses to them or not and Moses panicked. Trying to run ahead of God cost Moses forty years in the wilderness. Moses should have waited on God.
At the same time I have learned that I shouldn’t run ahead of God, I’ve also learned another important lesson about timing. Don’t Drag Behind God. There are opportunities in life of which we must take advantage or we lose them. If we fail to act when God is ready for us, we may never have the opportunity again. When you know God wants you to do something…don’t delay. Just DO IT!
The final lesson I learn from Jesus trip to the wedding is this. Always Stay in Touch with God. One factor that permeated the life of Jesus was His constant, unbroken fellowship with the Father. Although Jesus possessed perfect knowledge of God’s plan for Him, He also realized that He had a ministry to perform before going to the cross to die for our sin. At the close of this ministry, Jesus, while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee” (John 17:1).
Mary may not have understood the full plan of God for her Son at the time, but she knew that the crisis they faced at the wedding could certainly be met by Jesus. Whatever the case, Jesus turned the water into wine and saved the wedding host from embarrassment. But in the process, He taught us that God’s timing is always best so don’t run ahead and don’t drag behind. Stay in touch with God so that He can use you at the exact moment He chooses.
Have a great day.