Short on Supplies – Part 2
“When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’” (John 2:3 NIV)
A problem arose at the Wedding in Cana of Galilee. They ran out of wine. Jesus’ mother, Mary, said a five-word statement that was, in essence, a request or a prayer. And that’s all it took. Now let me just say at the outset that it is the Holy Spirit who has to guide us all in how to pray, and that sometimes waiting on God can take time. But if we go by what the Bible says, we also have to know that there were certain miracles that happened with the person just crying out, “Jesus, help me!” The truth is that you don’t have to recite the Declaration of Independence when you pray. In fact, sometimes when you multiply words, you lose focus. In certain instances, it’s better just to exclaim as Peter did when he was sinking: “Lord, save me!” And so, Mary said, simply, “They have no more wine.”
Isn’t it sad when you consider all the problems that we bear and all the pressure we take on and all the anxiety that is in our lives, all because we never stop and ask God to help us? We know that God can help us, and we do pray to God, and we say yes to verses. But in everyday actuality and in our everyday living, though we have all kinds of things we need, what do we do? We complain to relatives, we get upset, we feel ourselves losing our peace; but we don’t go to Jesus and simply tell him, “Lord, I’m losing my peace.” What are we waiting for? Jesus told us, “Ask and you will receive”! And then there’s the sad indictment in the New Testament letter of James: “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2 KJV).
To be continued…
Read John 2:3-4.