New Living Translation
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.
God has been characterized as a God who is on a tight budget and frowns upon us asking for anything more than what we need. This first wonder of Jesus, however, refutes this idea.
In the King James Version, the amount of liquid that these pots could contain was called a firkin.
A firkin was thought to be equivalent to about nine gallons in the United States. This implies that six of these water pots could contain 162 gallons of wine. That’s a lot of wine!
When asked to provide food for the crowd, Jesus not just met, but exceeded the demand (Mt. 14:15-21; Mk. 6:33-44; Lk. 9:11-17).
These examples showcase the Lord’s commitment to meet our demands with plenty available. God is not a scrooge!
There have been many times where I have been asked to help people financially as the pastor of a church. When I started, I used to ask myself whether or not they deserved the help or whether or not they really needed the help.
Not today. I have learned that the question before me is not about the person needing the help, but about whether or not I am going to model God’s heart in this situation. It is about who I am going to be not about the person in need.
Don’t limit God to simply meeting your requirements today. If you have enough, believe for more so that you may bless someone else. “Let God be magnified, who delights in the success of His servants” (Ps. 35:27).
Pastor Duke Taber and his wife Sue pastor Mesquite Worship Center located at 140 Riverside Rd. Ste D. in the Sherwin Williams Building. You can join them Sundays at 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM, and Wednesdays at 7:00. Absolutely everyone is welcome and you can come as you are.