THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 3, No. 37 – Monday, 10th September, 2018
(John 2:1-10, 1 Kings 17:1-1, Gen.47:15)
WHY AND WHEN THE BROOK DRIES UP, THE WINE RUNS OUT AND MONEY FAILS
Understand that the Bible tells myriad of stories for different purposes. The stories told by the Bible are like sign posts pointing into a defined direction. A sign post is never an end in itself: it is rather a means to an end.
So then if the stories told by the Bible are not an end in themselves, judging from the surface like the sign post, it therefore means that those stories told by the Bible require deeper spiritual research in order to unravel the deeper message deeply intended by them.
Thus it cannot be any strange news that a wedding party ran out of wine. On the surface, it simply means that adequate preparations were not made for sufficient wine. It can equally mean that there was poor crowd control. Therefore, uninvited guests shot up the expected number of people for the wedding party. Of course, it can also mean that over-excess wine may have been consumed by some guests who have unrestrained appetite for wine consumption.
But in all of these, should wine run out at a wedding party where the Lord of the Entire universe Himself was present? And, again, why should a source of sustenance by the Lord just as the brook in the case of prophet Elijah run dry? The question is: couldn’t the Lord have instructed River Jordan to keep flooding that brook throughout the period of the draught and famine in Israel?
Of all things, why should money fail in the most civilized nation on earth at the time – the land of Egypt? By the way, knowing that money answers all things, why didn’t the Secretary of State and National Minister in charge of financial affairs put in place such management measures that ensured unceasing prosperity and the relevance of money?
Besides, why didn’t the Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt make a requisition to the overall Head of Egypt to print more money, where money was failing and the economy had melted down from recession to depression?
Understand that money is a spiritual entity. But it exists in form and in substance. As an entity, it answers to the most supreme entity called God Almighty. The Almighty allows the flow of money to mankind on account of purpose and in consonance with agreed conditions to be satisfied by mankind. That condition sometimes may not but be simple obedience.
This is no less the case with wine or other means of sustenance like the brook nor money. Understand that the Godhead will do nothing without purpose. For purpose is the sole driver of the wheels of divine sovereignty.
So, there is a simple answer for the entire questions raised so far in this piece. It is the answer of purpose. Wines can run out: they are perishable items anyway! Likewise, waters can recede, shrink in size and eventually dry up. In the face of life’s challenges, money can fail where its value is lost or it just cannot bring back a sick fellow from his/her sick bed and ultimately from death.
The Nelson Mandelahs, the MKO Abiolas, the Margaret Thatchers and the Ronald Regans of this world had all the influences and access to the best medical care that money can purchase. Yet, in their cases, money failed and treatments failed. It is because the place and position of the Almighty can be equated with nothing.
It is because there comes a time when the love of God for man can cut man’s supplies so that man can learn never to trust in those supplies (Ps.62:10, Jer.17:5) but in God alone. At other times, wines run out, brooks of supplies can recede and money can fail just because it is time to move on to the next level.
What you have been passing through may not be caused by satan. It may just be the Lord Himself who wants you to understand something. Would you take out time today to find out what that thing is? Why is your marriage delayed? Why has the good weather of your business and finances so badly plummeted?
A man of God once asked the Lord why the Lord was taking him through the difficulties of performing several restitutions. The Lord’s answer was simple: ‘I am preparing you for something great’. The wine has run out. The brook has dried up. Money has developed wings and flown away from you. Could it be because the Lord wants you to learn something new in preparedness for the next level also?
Or are you responding to the climate of absence of wine, driness of your brook and lack and loss of financial blissfulness with anger, aggression and offence against God and man? Doing such puts you on the path far from solution.
IN THE END, SEEING OR CONCEIVING POSITIVE LIGHTS EVEN FROM THE BLICKEST DARKNESS PAVES THE WAY FOR THE EMERGENCE OF SOLUTION MUCH SWIFTER THAN THE APPEARANCE OF DAYBREAK WHICH NEVER FAILS.
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Backslidden – living in sin – needing fresh recommitment (say):
Christ Jesus, You are the Anointed One of the Most High. I come to you today as I am. In your mercy, help me out of my situation. Heal my soul, my spirit, my body, my life and my destiny. I acknowledge you as the only true lover of my soul. Please, deliver me on every side and save me through and through. I promise from the depth of my soul to be yours from henceforth, in Jesus name. Help me now O God. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my all in all from this day. Thank you Lord (read Ps.54 in closing and pray more).
HYMN: I Am A Millionaire
1. O Rock of Ages, shoulder me in all seasons of life.
2. O God, I belong to you: what would want me to know about —– situation?
3. Empower me O God to pray through until my change come.
4. That which makes money fail in my life, depart!
5. I decree my marriage into reality. I decree my money and wealth back into my life. I decree unusual peace and progress back into my life and home.
6. That which stopped others in my lineage, crumble before me.
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