“The governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” (John 2:9-10 KJV).
This was the proclamation of the ruler of the marriage feast at Cana, where Jesus performed the first of his miraculous works. According to this man, the people had consumed what he deemed worse at the beginning until now. Certainly, the guests who waited and had not rushed on the earlier “worse” wine would now have the best served for their enjoyment. The words of this governor are true of the world, and how the world operates its activities. However, this is not same with the ways of our Heavenly Father.
How could this man have appreciated the taste of the new wine, he claimed to be “Best”, if he had not tasted the “Worse”. In much the same way, we would truly appreciate the blessedness of tranquillity if we have experienced the discomfort and hurtful effect of panic and noise. How could we be grateful for the pleasurable dainties that come our way, if have no experience of hunger and want; and how could we happily receive God’s work of salvation and freedom, if we have not known the dreaded evil yoke of bondage and afflictions from the Enemy, Satan.
At times, our Heavenly Father allows such hard conditions to come our way to prepare us for the greater blessings He has in store for us. The Psalmist said, “For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a WEALTHY PLACE.” (Psalms 66:10-12 KJV).
The best things of the Spirit of God and of the riches of Heaven don’t come cheap. There is always a price to be paid; and that is called “Waiting upon God”. The Scriptures say, “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that WAITETH for him.” (Isaiah 64:4 KJV). God always prepares and saves the best of His Heavenly treasures for His Children who diligently wait on Him.
One thing our present generation does not know is “Waiting upon God”. We find ourselves in a world within which everything is moving at “jet-pace” – fast, fast and fast. Patience to wait on God in prayer is missing; and so we live far below the best attainable heights God destined for us. We entertain ourselves we the “Worse”, whilst God’s “Best” could have been ours if we had only waited on Him in prayer. The Prophet Isaiah wrote: “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31 KJV).
Wait upon God and trusting in Him would save us from the weariness and misery produced by the “Worse”, as we exercise patience to receive the blessing of His “Best” at His appointed time. “And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” (Isaiah 30:18 KJV). “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land” (Psalms 37:34 KJV).
So then, these questions remain: Would we wait on God for His Best, in His appointed time, as we seek Him in Prayer? Or we would impatiently go and seek after the Worse the world could offer us? I hope you would answer these wisely and live according to your deep-seated convictions given to you by the Holy Spirit of God.
May you abide in His grace, Beloved of God!