Saving the Best for Last
Do you save the best for last? As a child the dinner rule was that you had to eat at least a taste of everything. My mother’s idea of a ”taste” and mine however usually was in disagreement but as I was not going to win that battle a different strategy was quickly needed. So in the warfare against disagreeable vegetables the tactics I came up with involved with eating the most horrific things, i.e. turnip greens, first and then enjoying the rest of the meal. I knew that once I survived through these worst things life could only get better because dessert came last!
It seems like God is the originator of the ”best for last” strategy. You toil the soil, plant the seeds, work the land, and then the harvest comes. The best comes last after completing the work. The rewards abound with the reaping winnings of the harvest. As we look to Jesus it seems once again that God saves the best for last.
This week’s focus verse is from the first miracle, Jesus turning the water into wine. This miracle is the first of many to usher in a new way of thinking. But this miracle unlike the rest is the one that shows us that God is a God of joy. This first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana lets the guests know that the best comes last.
A Better Way
With the arrival of Jesus brings a new covenant and the first miracle is just the beginning of a better way. For years there were strict rules regarding how to worship God and seek forgiveness but with the arrival of Jesus begins a new way of reaching eternal life. It is with Jesus that we get to see and experience the best yet to come. For no matter what we attempt to have and experience here on earth the best hasn’t even arrived. There is so much more to life than this world and all it proclaims. God tells us the best is truly coming. The arrival of Jesus is just the beginning. One day ushered into its fullness the best will arrive with the second coming giving great emphasis to the ”best is yet to come.”
Our God of joy wants us to understand that with Jesus comes a better life. God shows us that He cares about the human experience of joy in this first miracle. He wants us to know happiness through Him as He is joy. Just like a dessert buffet, we can look forward to the future for He is saving the ”best for last.”
”A host always serves the best wine first.” He said. ”Then when everyone has had a lot to drink he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now.”
Until the Best Arrives
There was a reason my mother made me eat those horrible vegetables. She knew that they provided the necessary nutrition that my growing body needed in order for it to be healthy. The good nutrition would enable me to do the things I needed to do as an adult. I can now clearly see the great necessity of eating the vegetables and have grown not only to understand them but to appreciate them.
God, as your loving parent, also knows what you need in order to grow in the best way for the glory of His kingdom. He gives you glimpses of heaven during your growth as the desserts for your faith. It is important to realize that no matter what life on earth brings that there is always a greater joy to come. The past ”desserts” of gratitude remind you in difficult times that there is joy found in God and that one day your just reward for your belief is a life fully entrenched in it.
God challenges you to believe in a future steeped in knowing that the best will be last. Your convictions must be in knowing that the joys of life come only through Jesus. You can find your motivation in your knowledge that one-day full joy will abound every day and never end. And while waiting you canÂ find comfort in the little desserts God sends along the way knowing that He cares about your joy and the best is still yet to come.
Love in Christ,
”You haven’t seen nothing yet!” ~ God
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