The God of water, and the God of wine

Christians seem to typically fall into two extremes when it comes to understanding God’s provision in our lives. Blessings, pleasure, and enjoyment are all sometimes difficult to fathom in their relation to God’s plan.

Many earlier Christians and several today seem to believe that God did not want us to enjoy ourselves. That pleasure is carnal and misery is spiritual. Monks that starve themselves, eat boring food, barely speak, and whip themselves come to mind. Self-denial with the purpose of enlightening the soul is a practice that Christians have embraced from time to time.

A few earlier Christians, and many today. Believe that God desires our pleasure almost above all else. That He will consistently provide blessings and pleasure and happiness without regard to the inconsistent obedience we may show in our lives.

Both of these are wrong. God provides for our needs because He knows our needs and He promises to fulfill them. God provides much for our pleasure because He wants to show His love for us in that way.

God provides for our needs. When Israel was in the desert, they needed water. So He provided water. He didn’t give them sparkling soda, or coconut water, or papaya juice. He didn’t give them every variety. Just what they needed. And that was okay. He didn’t have to provide anything else. His promises didn’t require anything else either. He promised a land with milk and honey, for now, they had water.

God gives us blessings and pleasures from His goodness and by his prerogative. At the wedding at Cana, they ran out of wine. Jesus Christ, God on earth, was there and noticed it. By Mary’s faith, she requested that he fulfill the need. Jesus answered by turning water into wine. The thing is, they could have drank water. Honestly. Nobody “needed” wine. God provided it anyway. God who made the beauty in the sky and the flowers of the field and the immense variety of foods to eat, wants us to enjoy ourselves – in the contest of putting Him first. He wants us to be content with water. But I would suggest that when we are, He is just waiting to give us “wine.”

God promised to provide our necessities. He is not obligated to provide our pleasures. He does both out of His loving and generous heart. And when God gives us blessings to enjoy, they are the better than anyone else could offer.

As in the wedding at Cana, not only did God provide wine to enjoy instead of water, He provided the best wine. Wine so good it impressed the ruler of the feast and he complimented the groom on saving the best wine for last.

 

God provides wonderful blessings to us when we obey Him. Let us praise Him for His goodness!

“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.” – Psalm 104:14-15

God is the God of water. And He is the God of wine.

He is also the God of quail. Check back next time for a more complete understanding of how pleasures and necessities fit into God’s plan.

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A little wine?

Here’s a Bible trivia question: What was Jesus’ first miracle?

Yeah, you know the answer, (or maybe you don’t). The first time Jesus performed a miracle in human flesh was when he changed the water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

I would like to use this miracle to point out something very interesting. Or, very interesting to me. Jesus said, ” I am come that they[us] might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10b Jesus came and died, so that we could live. The second idea that we gather here is that God wants us to live in a more abundant way.

Christ died so that we could enjoy His blessings as well as His greatest blessing: fellowship for all eternity.

Now, let’s think back to the wedding at Cana. In John 2, we have the account. Jesus and Mary are at the wedding. They run out of wine. (A tragic cultural faux pas, but not much more) Mary looks at Jesus and says, “They have no wine.” Jesus understands the implied question, and basically says no.

The next second Mary is taking charge and telling the servants to listen to Jesus. Jesus gives instructions. Water is poured in the pots and it turns into wine. The rest is history.

I want you to think about this. Jesus intervened and used divine power to help a friend save face, and give a little more enjoyment to a wedding. He wasn’t curing illness, dispelling wrong doctrine, or saving a life. (or so I think) What’s more, when the governor tasted the wine, he said that it was the best at the wedding.

I would like for you to consider that Christ cares about your enjoyment of life. God wants you to enjoy life. Don’t get me wrong, God does not want you to appease the flesh into sin and lust. God wants you to obey Him and put Him first. But after that, God desires that you enjoy His creation.

Think again of the wedding. The people didn’t need the wine. The could have drank water. And even when God provided the wine. He didn’t have to give them the best. God did it because it pleased Him to provide good things.

So I challenge you, next time you desire something, don’t hesitate to ask God for anything that is on your heart. If you are desiring something that would be detrimental, I’m sure He will let you know. But who knows, maybe He will just bend the law of physics so you can enjoy more of His creation.

In all seriousness, just ask.

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” – Matthew 7:11