Have you ever been in a position where you knew what the right thing to do was but it wasn’t convenient for you at the moment? All of us have been. Are you the type of person people can depend on to what is right, even when it’s not easy for you?
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” – John 2:1-5, ESV
We aren’t alone in dealing with this situation. Jesus found Himself being asked to do the miraculous before the “formal” start of His ministry. His mother, Mary, asked him to handle what would have been a significant issue for the wedding party. Jesus responded as we might, “Why is this my problem?” Note Mary’s response. She told those with Jesus to follow His lead. She didn’t respond to Jesus.
Mary’s unspoken words were that she had full faith in Jesus to correct the situation. She didn’t need to plead with Him. She didn’t have to explain why it was important. He knew. And she knew He would do the right thing, even if it disrupted His timetable. She didn’t even ask Him if He would do it. She knew He would. Of course, we know Jesus did solve the problem. Her faith was well-founded.
We can take from this example two things. The first is that our faith in God is well-founded and He will do what is right because it is right. We never have to worry or fret about whether God will or won’t. The second thing we can take is the example of how we should be, too.
If it’s right, we do it. If it’s hard, that doesn’t matter. If it’s inconvenient, that’s just the way it is. Our example is to do what is right when we are confronted with the choice because that is our Lord’s example. The good news is if we are responding in obedience God knows. If we are trying to do what is right, He will provide what we need to accomplish His purposes. And He will surely respond to our faithfulness because we are trying to be like Him.