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The Best For Last

John 2

 

John 2:10 ‘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.’

 

It seems everywhere I turn lately I am reminded of how different God’s ways are in relation to the ways of our enemy.  I think the first notice of this came years ago from when Jesus was tempted by satan.  Matthew 4:8 says, ‘Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor…’

 

It is satan’s way to entice with the good – never mentioning the bad – luring with the bait of all the good aspects associated with any given thing.  It could be bad things or things that are inherently good; it doesn’t matter to him.  He has one goal, and that is to keep people from the life that comes only from God.  He tried to get Jesus to settle for good by showing Him all the splendor.  That is his way – splendor first and then that which is cheap.

 

But God’s way is different.  Jesus’ reply was, “For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’.”  There’s not a lot of splendor in that, at least on the front end.  There’s not a lot that compels us to say, ‘I’ve got to get me some of that’.  But with God, what He offers may be less appealing on the front end but it leads to what is best on the back end.  His ways are truly different. 

 

The way of the world is to go after the splendor, to go after the choice wine first.  Many can waste a lifetime going after these, thinking that in them is life.  But the life we seek is not there.  I like the way Jeremiah puts it in 2:13, ‘My people have committed two sins: they have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water’.

 

Go after the splendor, the choice wine first, dig your own cisterns – it will not hold water.  Do it for a lifetime; the results will be the same.  But if we go after God, the spring of living water, that water will not leak out; and somehow He turns it into the best wine you’ve ever tasted.  He saves the best for last.

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