To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Whose Agenda?

The wine had run out and the wedding feast was heading for a crisis. So Mary said to the Lord  ‘They have no more wine.’ ‘Woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’ (John 2:3b-4). This interaction is superficially quite perplexing. Why does the Lord seem to be so off-hand with Mary? What is going on?

My observation would be is that he is establishing the truth that he has a different agenda to that of Mary.  Can we say that Mary just wanted a new supply of wine so that the wedding could be rescued and that everybody could have a pleasant time? In a sense she was looking to the Lord to be an agent to bring about a comfortable outcome. The Lord however, does not have this agenda. He works on different principles. He fundamentally has come to glorify God and all that He did was according to the timing of God.

How striking this is for us. So much of our Christianity is conformed to our own agenda. We effectively want God to be the agent to bring about comfortable lives for us. But the LORD has a bigger agenda and that is to bring glory to His name. How often our prayers reveal the former rather than the latter agenda. Oh Lord make me to be operating according to your agenda and timing.

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