Are you believing for it? Have you experienced one? Have you see one? Have you heard about one? God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or imagine! Do you remember the first time? How it felt? The sense of WOW? Do you think about it any time you need another one in your life to keep you hopeful and keeping you from giving up? Big miracles! Little miracles! In that moment praise God! Realize where it comes from and give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Let’s take a look at today’s reading and hear what happened there…
Miracles happened in biblical times and continue to happen around the world!
Miracles still happen!
The Wedding in Cana
1Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine had given out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They are out of wine.”
4“You must not tell me what to do,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
5Jesus’ mother then told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6The Jews have rules about ritual washing, and for this purpose six stone water jars were there, each one large enough to hold between twenty and thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill these jars with water.” They filled them to the brim, 8and then he told them, “Now draw some water out and take it to the man in charge of the feast.” They took him the water, 9which now had turned into wine, and he tasted it. He did not know where this wine had come from (but, of course, the servants who had drawn out the water knew); so he called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have drunk a lot, he serves the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now!”
11Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
12After this, Jesus and his mother, brothers, and disciples went to Capernaum and stayed there a few days.
–from John 2
The impact is beyond one person! Many lives are changed because getting to witness what happened. If you have experienced a miracle are you able to keep it quiet and to yourself? Do you share it with others because it was such an incredible experience? Do you give God credit? Do you start with “You wouldn’t believe what Jesus did?” or something like that?
But make sure you keep your speech under control! Don’t be bragging! Don’t be lying! Don’t be teasing! Don’t be bullying! You have been given 2 ears and 1 mouth, so we should be listening twice as much as we speak! Ever heard the saying “Loose lips sink ships”? The tongue is the hardest to tame…It has the power to build up and tear down. It has the power to bring life and death. It is spoke of in proverbs and in so many places in the Bible, including today’s reading…
1My friends, not many of you should become teachers. As you know, we teachers will be judged with greater strictness than others. 2All of us often make mistakes. But if a person never makes a mistake in what he says, he is perfect and is also able to control his whole being. 3We put a bit into the mouth of a horse to make it obey us, and we are able to make it go where we want. 4Or think of a ship: big as it is and driven by such strong winds, it can be steered by a very small rudder, and it goes wherever the pilot wants it to go. 5So it is with the tongue: small as it is, it can boast about great things.
Just think how large a forest can be set on fire by a tiny flame! 6And the tongue is like a fire. It is a world of wrong, occupying its place in our bodies and spreading evil through our whole being. It sets on fire the entire course of our existence with the fire that comes to it from hell itself. 7We humans are able to tame and have tamed all other creatures—wild animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 8But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison. 9We use it to give thanks to our Lord and Father and also to curse other people, who are created in the likeness of God. 10Words of thanksgiving and cursing pour out from the same mouth. My friends, this should not happen! 11No spring of water pours out sweet water and bitter water from the same opening. 12A fig tree, my friends, cannot bear olives; a grapevine cannot bear figs, nor can a salty spring produce sweet water. –from James 3
From the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks! Be careful what you allow into your heart! Be careful because it isn’t what goes into your mouth that makes you unclean, but what comes out of it!
Don’t brag! Don’t make it all about you! Point people to the source…Jesus!
Don’t allow envy to drive what you do! Focus on God and His plan and His purpose and you will find that you can find greater peace, joy, and hope in your life! Put Jesus at the center of your life and walk in alignment with Him!
Today’s post concludes with this from today’s reading!
1Then I looked again at all the injustice that goes on in this world. The oppressed were crying, and no one would help them. No one would help them, because their oppressors had power on their side. 2I envy those who are dead and gone; they are better off than those who are still alive. 3But better off than either are those who have never been born, who have never seen the injustice that goes on in this world.
4I have also learned why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbors have. But it is useless. It is like chasing the wind. 5They say that we would be fools to fold our hands and let ourselves starve to death. 6Maybe so, but it is better to have only a little, with peace of mind, than be busy all the time with both hands, trying to catch the wind.
7I have noticed something else in life that is useless. 8Here is someone who lives alone. He has no son, no brother, yet he is always working, never satisfied with the wealth he has. For whom is he working so hard and denying himself any pleasure? This is useless, too—and a miserable way to live.
9Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. 10If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. 11If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but how can you keep warm by yourself 12Two people can resist an attack that would defeat one person alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to break.
13-14Someone may rise from poverty to become king of his country, or go from prison to the throne, but if in his old age he is too foolish to take advice, he is not as well off as a young man who is poor but intelligent. 15I thought about all the people who live in this world, and I realized that somewhere among them there is a young man who will take the king’s place. 16There may be no limit to the number of people a king rules; when he is gone, no one will be grateful for what he has done. It is useless. It is like chasing the wind.
–from Ecclesiastes 4