每日诗歌: 聖靈之歌 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJuUMN9vMPs)
1 King 19 [Read]
1 King 20 [Read]
John 2 [Read]
I love choral music. When you put the male and female voices together in a well composed piece, the richness and harmony of the music can touch your soul. Back in college when I sang in the choir, we always started with each part practicing its own music separately. That was usually quite boring, because we didn’t hear the whole piece. However, we had to diligently make sure every note was sung correctly regardless how plain it might sound. Furthermore, we believed that once all the parts came together, it would be beautiful and harmonious. And it usually was.
The episode of Jesus performing a miracle in Cana is a familiar passage to many believers. This passage is a sign of the transforming power of our Lord, and such power can change a Pharisee like Nicodemus (John 3) or a sinful Samaritan woman who had 5 husbands (John 4). But the episode is also about faith, about believing that things will turn out fine if only we follow the instruction, even though the process seems quite plain.
“Do whatever he tells you” (2:5), Jesus’ mother said to the servants. Why should they? What does this carpenter know about wine anyway? Isn’t their time better used to run to the store and get more wine? But the servants filled the jars with water all the way to the brim (2:7). “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet” (2:8). That was even harder to follow, for their job could be on the line. Shouldn’t they at least taste it first to make sure it was wine? But “they did so” (2:8). At the end, nobody else but “the servants who had drawn the water knew” (2:9). They followed the seemingly useless action “to the brim”, and they were the only ones knew where the wine came from.
Following God’s instructions of life can often seem useless, but faithful and diligent actions will always result in godly characters and abundant life. Reading the Bible daily could be the most boring thing in the world, especially when you have already read them many times before. But the simple instruction is “on his laws he meditates day and night” (Ps 1:2). Though we may not see the full picture or hear the whole chorus piece yet, we should have no doubt that the end result will be wonderful as long as we fulfill it all the way “to the brim”.
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