Supernatural Encounters with God
Reading: John 2:1-11
This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. John 2:11 (NIV)
Miracles open the way to faith in those whose hearts are open to the things of God. Jesus' disciples had already decided to follow him, but it was early in the piece, and they were still watching him, formulating their views about him. Their faith was in its infancy, but this miracle at the wedding in Cana sure had an impact.
Of course, miracles by themselves don't guarantee faith, as evidenced by the reaction of the Pharisees to Jesus' miracles. But the “supernatural” sure opens doors, especially when God's love and kindness is revealed through it.
I can't expect to make an eternally lasting impact in the lives of others simply through my own efforts. It is God who brings true transformation to our lives, and I need to be always open to the possibility of God doing his supernatural work through me. I need to be constantly asking, “What are you wanting to do here, Lord?” And then acting on the prompting that the Spirit gives me, no matter how silly it might seem. Jesus reveals how this works:
Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19
Just as Jesus did what he saw his Father doing, I need to be alert, obedient to the Spirit, and open to what God is wanting to do.
Father God, please open my eyes to what you are wanting to do in the situations I find myself in. “Your kingdom come on earth…” I offer myself to you, to be your agent in the world where I live. Holy Spirit, grant me faith and courage to act on your promptings, that I might be ready and available to usher people into a life-changing encounter with you.