John 2:5 - His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
Bro. Hudson preached from this verse last evening. The above verse is out of the narrative relating the events of Jesus' first miracle at the wedding of Cana. It was the wedding at Cana that the Lord turned water into wine.
There were several practical lessons presented from the above verse.
It was a great message focusing on doing whatever Jesus says. How often does he speak to us and we fail to do it. Mary told the people "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." There was to be no limits on their obediecne. If he said it it was to be done.
I caused me to think how we have such a propensity to want to understand before we do it. Our unspoken motto if we are not careful is "I will do it if I understand it." The problem is that in God's ecomony of things often times the understanding comes with the doing.
Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
A good understanding have all they who are wise? No!
A good understanding have all they who are educated? No!
A good understanding have all they who are intellectually sophisticated? No!
A good understanding have all they who are logical? No!
A good understanding have all they that do! Do what? His commandments. "Whatsoever he saith unto you do it." Not because you understand it. Not because it necessarily makes sense. Not because it is popular. Do it because he said so. Do it by faith. As you do it your understanding is likely to increase. That which initially made little, if any sense, begins to make a lot of sense.
There is probably a reason why we are told once in the Old Testament and three times in the New Testament, "The just shall live by faith."
Even in the events at Cana we see the importance of just paying attention to what he says and then doing it.
The people were not told to any great thing. They were simply told to fill the waterpots. It did not likely make sense. They probably wondered why they were doing it. But they bible says they "filled them to the brim." Good for them. When the Lord tells us to do something we should do it to the brim.
They poured water in and the drew wine out. Now it made sense. Now they understood. How sad it would have been for them to have walked away from the waterpots with their superior intellect not understanding what possible good it could do to fill the waterpots with water. Jesus said it, they did it, and a great miracle was performed and according to verse eleven his glory was manifested.
It may be when the Lord tells us to pour in water that we might end up drawing out wine.
Are we doing what he saith to us?