Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fill the Jars with Water?

“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.’” John 2:7-8

In this story Jesus and his mother were attending a wedding. When all the wine at the wedding was gone, Jesus Mother wanted him to provide more wine. Jesus told the servants to fill the jars with water. Now in a practical world this makes no sense. You need wine so you fill jars with water? Huh?

But Jesus doesn’t always do things in a practical way; neither at this wedding feast, nor in your life and your single parent home. Sometimes He does the most impractical thing. Ever run out of money before the next paycheck? You may offer up a quick prayer but then you may start to look for the sensible thing to do.

Do you cut back on groceries? Do you hold the payment for the electric bill? Maybe you’re like me and you sit down and try and try to figure things out on your own. You’ve worked hard and you have really tried but then one of your children got sick and there went your skimpily trimmed budget. Happened to me more than once.

God doesn’t always deal in possibilities but sometimes he does the impossible. At the wedding feast Jesus told the servants to fill all the jars with water and then He turned the water into wine. Usually the bridegroom served the best wine first. When the servants took this wine to the master to taste, the master was amazed that this wine was the best wine of the wedding. He even complimented the bridegroom publicly for saving the best until last.

Allow Jesus to do the impractical for you. Ask Him to turn your problems into something you can manage. Or better yet, ask Him to take care of it for you. And then sit back, have faith, believe and watch what God does. He’ll make it better than anything you can imagine in your human and limited mind.

We learn that this was the first of the miraculous signs Jesus performed. But here is the most important part of the story, “He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.” John 2:11b (NIV)

By revealing the glory of our Savior in your life, your children can learn to put their faith in him also. 

This devotion and other devotions for single parents can be found at www.hlp4.com

Linda Ranson Jacobs
Healthy Loving Partnerships for Our Kids
Email:  Linda@hlp4.com 

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