Water into wine!
Hi, over the last few days I have been concentrating on through reading the whole Bible in 66 days as part of the reading plan that started in November. We are now on Day 55 / 66, so I have not done any posts for a few days. Phil who does the editing for the website stepped up for a few days and did some posts himself, bless him. Phil is experiencing some technical difficulties at present in the UK, so these posts may well be direct, so that means unedited and possibly with no accompanying pictures, but that is down to my barely amateur computer skills.
The last few days have been spent soaking up the gospels and trying to do very little else, I always do my reading as soon as I arise, after my morning prayers thanking and praising God for the blessing of another day and after feeding Bertie and letting him out, I don’t partake in any other duty or task, I don’t take breakfast nor beverage until sometime after I have read, I find that I am much more focused in the first few hours, it has always been my most productive time of the day. I will always have a notepad and pen at the side to either make a little note in my Bible or jot something down on the pad for bringing back to remembrance after, it may be to look at that particular verse in more detail afterwards. Sometimes it may well be right to just stop and look into where you are and other times its best to make a note and move on. The reason for this is, I want to be like Jesus and turn my water into wine!
Now I don’t anticipate being at a wedding banquet and that particular need reoccurring, no it was Jesus’ first recorded miracle at ‘The wedding at Cana’ as found in John’s Gospel Chapter 2, (which is on the reading list for tomorrow) this is part of ‘What Jesus Did,’ He took the worst thing and turned it into the best, He changed what was needed and turned it into something that should be spoken about as its best asset. At the wedding, Jesus didn’t change the brides dress into something more glamorous, that wasn’t needed, He didn’t change the music into some angelic heavenly sound, no that wasn’t needed either, what He did do was change the very worst thing about the wedding, they had run out of wine, so He got the water that they would have had to drink and changed that into the finest wine, worst to the best, least to the greatest! The changed wine represented the Holy Spirit changing of a person from sinner to saint.
Well in much the same way, I attempt to change my worst thing into my best, so as I read through the Bible, especially the gospels, I specifically look for my ‘water’, my stumbling blocks, things that need further clarity, though I have read the gospels many times, there is always something ‘new’ to be found. There will be little verses where in today’s light need further looking into, my previous understanding may have only been brief or I may have skimmed over a particular verse thinking I will come back to it and never did. I don’t have any desire to be an academic, it just helps me with the application of Jesus’ teachings if we have a better understanding and there is no better understanding than having the Holy Spirit guide you through each chapter, each verse, and each word. And that is one of the many ways that the Holy Spirit works in us and through us today, He helps us with our understanding, He teaches us through His word, He changes our water into wine, and one of the last verses that was on today’s reading plan, came from Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 24 verse 45, we read;
“And He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the scriptures.”