November 23, 2021 — A Mother’s Wisdom

“God gives mothers special wisdom,” Stan commented one morning.

“I agree completely,” I replied, “but why did you say that?”

“I read it in the first part of John’s gospel earlier this morning,” Stan said.

“It covers the subject of a mother’s wisdom?” I asked.

“Not so much in talking about the wisdom,” Stan said, “but there’s a single verse that certainly presents a real-life example of the importance of listening to a mother’s wisdom.  It’s an example for me in my faith walk and, I think, is an example for you and for every believer.”

“Okay,” I said, “you’ve got my attention. What was going on?”

“There was a wedding in Cana. There was a whole bunch of people there, including Jesus, some of His disciples, and His mother.”

“Is that where they ran out of wine,” I asked, “and Jesus performed His first miracle by turning some water into wine?”

“That’s it,” Stan replied. “But the wise lesson for my faith walk that came from the lips of Jesus’ mother occurred before the miracle.”

“Which was what?” I asked.

“In a single verse,” Stan said, “John quotes Jesus’ mother as saying to someone else essentially all I need to know about being a disciple.”

“All you need to know about being a disciple,” I repeated. “Tell me.”

“She is reported to have said to the servants who were working the wedding,” Stan replied, ‘Whatever Jesus says to you, do it’.”

“Whatever Jesus says, do it!” I exclaimed. “I can see where that might make a difference in my faith walk.”

“Might make a difference?” Stan replied. “How about will make a difference?”

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Bible verses to consider:

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” John 2:5.

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. John 14:15.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for sending your Son into the world to provide the way to your eternal presence. Thank you, too, for the provision of knowing you and Jesus in an ever-deeper personal relationship on this side of eternity that is available by doing what you say. I confess that too often I don’t do what you say because that’s what I choose. Please forgive that foolishness and help me follow every step of your lead by doing all you say to me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Do you do whatever Jesus says to you to do? If no, why? is that because you do not accept that “whatever” means what it says? Is it because you choose to do whatever you want rather than whatever He wants? If you sense the need for some change in your view of “whatever,” how is that change going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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