You are probably familiar with this Scripture that comes from a conversation between Jesus and Mary when the wine ran out at the wedding feast in Cana. Mary steps into a place of faith here and puts a demand on the miraculous power that she knew was resident in her Son. But this devotional is not really about that as much as it is about the statement Mary made.
Years ago we heard a ministry leader say that as he was reading the Word one day, the Lord told him to stop and go no further until he had obeyed what he had just read. I believe the Lord is saying that in 2015 we must shift out of a place of thinking the instructions in the Word are optional for us! For example, if the Word says, “forgive” or “repent” or “love one another” or “praise” or “give,” these are not electives where we get to choose whether we want to do them or not based on how we feel. These are commands!
Oh, but you might say, “That doesn’t sound like grace.” But thankfully that is grace! Titus 2:12 says that grace trains and teaches us to live righteously and to obey God. It’s in the place of obedience that we really begin to abide in Him and know Him. 1 John 3:24 says, “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him…” I’m unacquainted with Philip Yancey, but I love this quote from him: “I do not get to know God; then do His will. I get to know Him more deeply by doing His will.”
We live in a culture heavily influenced by hedonism and self-gratification. If we capitulate to these influences, we negate our position as sons of the Kingdom and never come into a place of really knowing the Lord. We remain in a limited place of impossibilities instead of walking in our destiny and securing our inheritance. We’ve made this way too hard, folks! Your future opening up before you, can be as simple as obeying what you read in the Word!