“When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.’” John 2:9-10
When Jesus turned this water into wine, it was better than even the wine served at the beginning of the wedding feast. The best that they had could not compare to the quality of what He provided.
What this says to my heart is that God doesn’t do things halfway. He has all power and might, and He doesn’t hold back when He chooses to act. We get so easily disappointed when things don’t go our way, but we need to recall that our Lord doesn’t give substandard gifts. His works, His miracles, are great and worthy of praise. We can trust that when He acts for us, whatever it looks like, those actions truly are perfect. All His ways are full of His steadfast love and faithfulness to us (Psalm 25:10).
“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no one has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4). This God acts for us as we wait for Him, finding strength in quietness and trust. “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4). If He is a God of faithfulness, then surely we can trust Him. If He is God Almighty, if He rules over all things and owns the cattle on a thousand hills, then surely we can find peace knowing that He is able to accomplish all of His purposes. If He loves us steadfastly with perfect love, then surely we can cast out fear believing that He is for us.
The best we can accomplish on our own, even the best we can imagine for ourselves, cannot compare with what God is preparing for us. He is able to do “far more abundantly” (Ephesians 3:20). And as it says in Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Jesus, the Son of God, gave His life so that we would know life abundant. He abides with us so that we know fullness of joy. God has made His dwelling with us. He has declared that He is for us, that He will not turn away from doing good to us. We can trust Him here, in our circumstances. He is good and does good. Pause for a moment, and let that truth sink in to the depths of your heart.