“A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. ‘Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!'”

John 2:10 NLT

Sometimes it’s when something is about to run out that you realize how good it is. It’s easy to go into a panic when you are about to run out and people are expecting more. The secret is to be anxious for nothing and expect God to give the increase.

Jesus attended a wedding where the groom had run out of wine. This would have been extremely embarrassing because hospitality was central to Jewish culture. It would have been tragic!

Jesus’ mother is concerned that the family is going to be embarrassed so she goes to her son Jesus to ask for a favor. Can you make something out of nothing? That’s no problem! He’s done it before. In the beginning was the word and the word was with God.  Nothing was made without him.

I can see the importance of this miracle because Jesus didn’t want the first memory for this new couple to be their marriage starting with lack. There are some things Jesus has done in the back room that kept you from being embarrassed in the front room.

But it wasn’t just about Jesus’ ability. It was about his timing. Jesus came to do more than just keep people entertained at a wedding feast.

Jesus turned the water into wine and the master of ceremonies tasted it. He said, “Most people serve the good stuff first then stretch it out with the weak stuff, but you saved the best for last!”

How do we experience this in our own lives?

  1. Take your problem to the only one who can fix it. Make your requests known to God. Instead of running around in a panic, be still and know that God can fix it in Jesus’ Name!
  2. Do whatever Jesus tells you. No matter how offensive it might sound, be obedient to what he tells you. Mary told the disciples confidently, “Do whatever he tells you to do!”
  3. Don’t be surprised in the vessels Jesus decides to use. He told the disciples to use six washing pots that people used to wash their hands to fill with water. I’m glad that Jesus is not a respecter of persons. Some of the last people that we would think God would use are the very ones he will fill up!

God has a way of saving the best for last. Just when we think we’re running out, Jesus decides to fill unlikely vessels and the results are better than the beginning. There will be no wine until it’s time. Sometimes running out of something is an opportunity for Jesus to do the miraculous.

Dear God,

Thank you for sending Jesus to fill me up! Just when I thought I was running out, you saved the best for last! You are about to bring unlikely vessels that were in the back room to bless the people in the front room. God, I’m ready to taste and see just how good you are. Your love for me is sweeter as the days go by!

In Jesus’ Name,