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“Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” (John 2:7-8 NIV)

Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine.  He did it for his mother. They were at a wedding in Galilee when the wine ran out.  Typically, these types of festivities would go on for days in this culture. Usually the best wine is served first, then cheaper wine when it runs out.  Jesus’ wine is the best there is:

“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10 NIV).

The master of the banquet didn’t know the wine had been made by Jesus.  He missed the miracle. But Jesus’s disciples didn’t. This is what made them first believe:

“What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:11 NIV)

Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine.

Within the church, there has been much controversy about drinking alcohol.  Some people believe that if you follow Christ, you can’t drink. I do not understand where this belief came from because creating wine is what caused His disciples to first believe.  I believe if Jesus created it, then we are allowed to partake of it. The problem isn’t having a drink, the problem is drinking in excess:

“Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1 NIV)

The problem with alcohol, it’s addictive.  Alcoholism is a real disease. It changes the brain, people aren’t able to control their actions.  According to Healthline, if a person can’t go extended periods without relying on alcohol in some form, they typically have an addiction.  However, the world has also proven that a glass of wine a day is beneficial to our health.  So what is the right answer to this dilemma?  Paul gives us the answer in his letter to the Corinthians:

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.” (1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV)

Each person has to make the decision on their own about drinking alcohol.  For me, the answer lies in this question: Does my need for alcohol come before my relationship with God?  If the answer is yes, alcohol has got to go.  Alcoholism is a disease. We need help overcoming it, just like any other disease.  If alcohol is taking the place of God in your life, seek help to overcome it. Here are two options: Celebrate Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous. Don’t let alcohol steal God’s joy from your life. 

Question of the Day:

Does your need for alcohol come before your relationship with God?

Further Reading:Judges 15:1-16:31NIV, John 2:1-25 NIV, Psalm 103:1-22 NIV, Proverbs 14:17-19 NIV

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