There are numerous times throughout a typical day when I ask questions like:
What should I do here?
What makes sense in this situation?
What is God’s will for me in this?
Or, simply acknowledge that I am in a situation that I don’t really know the best direction to take. Choices. We have to make them every single day. Marriage, kids, health, family, work, ministry, hobbies, food, entertainment…..everything demands our attention and beckons us for choices, answers, decisions.
Fortunately, we have been given help. We have access to God’s Word, to the Holy Spirit within us, to wise counsel from friends/family, etc. but it still seems we get stuck at times or maybe we just get overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices and decisions we face. Some have to be made “now”, and some can wait – but they have to be made.
As I read again the story of Jesus’ first miracle, I was struck with a profound, yet simple truth that can always be our default answer when faced with life’s barrage.On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” 6 Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. 7 Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He *said to them, “Draw someout now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. 9 When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom, 10 and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him. – John 2: 1-11
Did you see it? Tucked in the middle of this great story are the final recorded words of Jesus’ mother. She had watched this young man grow up. She had witnessed his life up close 24/7 for some thirty years – and she knew – really knew – who he was, and why he was here. She knew, like no one else, that he walked with God, heard His voice, and could be trusted explicitly.
So, when this moment of crisis arose, she sought out the one person capable of handling it and spoke these seven, powerful words –
“Whatever he says to do, do it”.
That was all there was to it. She had an issue – she went to the one who was capable of handling it. She didn’t fret, worry, get anxious, wring her hands, or become paralyzed with fear. It almost sounds too simple, doesn’t it – but it is as true now as it was then. It become much more difficult when you break it down, because it once again requires that we make choices – three choices.
- Go to Jesus with our issue/problem
- Listen to what He says
- Do whatever He tells us to do
Most of us, myself included, might take time to pray (ask Jesus), but the equation breaks down when we don’t take the time to quiet ourselves and listen. Then, even if we slow down long enough to listen, and seem to hear from Him (through His Word, or someone’s counsel, or otherwise) we have to follow through. Most often His answer will require us to do something – and many times that “something” will require faith, trust, courage. Think of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, etc. God’s answer was not an easy one.
He may ask you to apologize to someone. He may ask you to forgive someone who you don’t want to forgive. He may tell you to start doing something that requires more of your time and energy, or give up something you honestly enjoy (and don’t want to give up)……
So, when you are faced with a problem, issue, decision or hard choice sometime in the very near future – there is one answer that should always jump to the top of the list – seven words that will always produce the right answer/solution. Are we courageous enough to choose this path, instead of the path of least resistance?
I hope so,