One thing I love about the story of Jesus turning the water into wine, is it give me permission to go to Jesus and ask Him to do something for me that is outside my dispensation.
I grew up in a strictly dispensational world. It was a church that was firmly planted in the Pauline epistles. They had no room for the supernatural manifestation of the Spirit, and no place for the condemnation of the Law carried forward from the Old Testament. I am glad for the later and sad about the former.
In any case, what I learn from Mary in this story from Cana is that for a heart turned toward Jesus, dispensational lines are very blurry. [Tweet This]
Mary tells Jesus there is a problem with the wine supply – the party is on, but the wine is gone. His response is to the point.
And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come." - John 2:4 NASB
But she just goes on and tells them to follow His instructions. She pulls her miracle in from the future.
The same thing happens with the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:22-28. Read it and you will see what I mean –
She cries out for help.
He says “I came for the Jews not the gentile dogs”
She says “dogs get the crumbs from the table”
She receives her help.
This gives me such a wonderful hope.
Perhaps you are looking forward to heaven for your healing and have stopped asking here and now. Is it time to start asking again?
The call is for us to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking. We must wait with patience – YES. Jesus must be the focus of our faith – not our healing – YES. But let’s not give up hope. We have this picture of folks pulling their promise in from the future.
Is there a prayer you have stopped praying?
Don’t forget to shine today.