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Fill Me Now

Daily Reading: John 2

Scripture Focus: And they filled them up to the brim. (John 2.7)

Devotional Thought: I tease my wife Lana, that she's always trying to put 10 minutes of activity into 5 minutes of time. When we have several visits to make - nursing homes, hospitals, etc. - she invariably thinks that we can do more than we can. But, I can't really point my finger at her. I always try to put an hour's worth of sermon into 30 minutes of time!

Whether we are trying to pack work into the day, fun into the weekend, zest into a relationship, or purchases into our budget, it seems that we are always filling life to the brim. This can be either good or bad, depending on what we are pouring in.

When Jesus attended the wedding in Cana of Galilee (John 2) and turned water into wine, he instructed the servants to fill the stone water jars with water. They did so, filling them "up to the brim." Not knowing what was up, I can imagine caution on my part: "Hey, we might have to move these things. We better hold back a little!" They figured, however, that whatever was going to happen was going to be good, so they maximized the benefit!

We can approach God that same way. Are we going to exercise caution or maximize the benefit? I think we should do the latter and fill our lives to the brim with God! Let us pray with the Apostle Paul: "I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3.17b-19).

Prayer: "Fill me now. Fill me now. Jesus come and fill me now. Fill me with thy hallowed presence. Come, O come, and fill me now."

Psalm of the Day: 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! 9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. 10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. 11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! 13 The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; 14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. (Psalms 33:8-15)

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