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“Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain because it is not lasting, but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!”  Proverbs 31:30 (Amplified)

"Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord." Luke 1:45

 

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a woman of confidence. From the time of her youth, she chose truth. She chose to believe the Word of God to her, and be confident in His fulfillment of His promises. No doubt, she was a beautiful woman to behold. She still is.

There are really only glimpses of her life sprinkled throughout the gospels; her birth story is well known and there are just a few mentions of her during Jesus' childhood. But she comes back on the scene at the famous wedding feast where Jesus performs his first public miracle. We can read between the lines of this story and see the confidence she had in Jesus, her Lord.

We find this story in John 2:1 (emphasis mine):

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

 

Here is the need: wine.

And Mary knew where to go: Jesus.

I do not believe this was not an emotional response for Mary (“oh look Jesus- now is your time to shine!!”) - it was a practical one.

Mothers at weddings are on task. They are on a mission to make sure things go smoothly.

It doesn't matter that Mary wasn't "mother of the bride." She was a mother, and that was enough to notice something like "the wine has run out at the party. This is now A SITUATION."

Her quiet confidence in asking Jesus for this miracle was based on who she knew He was, and not in her own ability to make things happen.

This is the same Mary who answered the angel in Luke 1:38, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word."

She had a history of trusting in God’s ability. She was confident in the Lord. We do not read that Mary nagged Jesus for the miracle, but she asked Him for what she needed. Then she speaks with confidence and certainty to the wedding workers and tells them to do exactly what Jesus says. Jesus at that point had not promised He would do it, but she knew He would.

This makes me question my own needs, and how I am approaching the Lord in my asking. Sometimes my demeanor and posture is purely emotional, and lacks depth of roots that know Jesus is near, and that He hears me. Yes, God understands our emotions, and He does not cringe away from them, He welcomes them. He created our emotions. But I believe there is a sweet aroma that rises to His heart when as daughters, full to the brim of emotion, we are also rooted deeply in the knowledge of His faithfulness.

Confidence is having a firm trust in someone or something. God longs to fill us with confidence which gives us depth and strength to stand tall no matter what storm we are facing. When I come to the Lord on emotion alone, it's like I'm grasping and longing for a presence, a sign, a nod, when Jesus, all along, is saying to me, "I have never left you. I have never forsaken you. What is it you ask of me? I will always give you what you need."

My confidence in the faithfulness of God has grown from life experience, but there are areas and situations that I still need to let go of my doubt, and cling to truth. Do you?

What areas in your life do you need to re-posture your asking? Do you need a fresh gift of faith that God will accomplish the promises He has spoken over you? He is ready to listen to your heart and you can rest assured that your confidence in Him is safe, sure, and steady. Although He does not work on our timetable, He can be trusted to complete the good work in your life.

Would you pray this prayer with me?

Lord, help me surrender all of my heart to You.

Lord, help me surrender all of my heart to You. Let me be like that tree in Jeremiah 17:8, that "has been planted by the riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit."

Your words to me are life, and I choose to listen to them as the truth that orders my life. Jesus, be near to me and help me to surrender all doubt.

Let me be filled with a quiet confidence and assurance like Mary had, that no matter where You lead or what You speak, by grace I can answer You with, "Let it be to me according to your word."

More About Marianne Sloan

Marianne Sloan is passionate about Jesus, her family, and living simply, intentionally, and with great joy. She has found that there is no greater life fulfillment than following hard after the God who has created her, knows her by name, and who loves her. The wife to Luke, and mama to four, Marianne and her family live in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She is a homeschool-mom, web-designer, and nature-lover. Spending her days raising and teaching her four littles keeps her a little occupied, but when she's not mothering, working or teaching, she loves to read, write, garden, and run. You can connect with Marianne on her BLOG { mariannemsloan.com } and INSTAGRAM { @marianne_sloan }.

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