My hour has not yet come.

There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” -John 2:1-4 NRSV

None of the other gospels report on this event. Understandable as the event is so normal - who has not been to a wedding reception? And who knows how long this one went on before the wine gave out? So it seems like such an odd request for Mary to involve her son in this. I wonder what she had seen before that led her to believe that he could help?

It begs the question of how long Jesus had been doing miraculous things. When was the first time that Mary saw her son do something amazing? Yet still, the Lord was aware of a timetable for his ministry. Like many of us, he was aware that God has a plan and he did not want to rush the Father. In these few words he makes us aware that patience is required in our lives. When answers to prayers are slow in coming these words of Christ encourage us to wait upon the Lord.

We so need to learn patience Father. Help us to wait upon you. And cause us to embrace your promises as we wait.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.


  1. I'm willing to wait on God, as long as he hurries up! :) Patience is not one of my virtues, but it is something that God is teaching me.

    1. LOL, Reminds me Fred of the old prayer:

      Lord I need patience and I need it now!

    2. Yes Bob, one needs to be careful when praying for patience. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and it only comes to fruition when watered with trials and fed with tribulations.


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