The Light of Christ Journey

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When Things Go Wrong

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to depend on the Lord during a time of need? If you have, how did that change your life? How did that help your faith to grow? What did that teach you about God and yourself? Below are just a few people in the Bible who trusted in God to help them. They had no idea how they were going to get out of the situation they were in, but they knew who could help them.

  • Joseph when he was sold into slavery. Genesis 37 -50.
  • Jonah when he cried out to the Lord in the belly of the fish. Jonah 2.
  •  Jeremiah when he was thrown into a well. Jeremiah 38.
  • Paul and Silas when they were put in prison. Acts 16.

Real Trust Focuses on the Source of Help

Mary was at a wedding with Jesus and His disciples when it came to her attention that they had run out of wine. In that day, to run out of wine during your wedding celebration would have been a shameful situation and seen as a bad omen for the marriage. In our culture today we don’t grasp the seriousness of the situation.

John 2:1The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” [1]

Mary went to her son, Jesus, knowing He could help, but not knowing how. “Real trust focuses on the source rather than on the shape of the help that will be supplied. We trust that God will help, not knowing how the help will come.”[2] Even though Jesus seemed to put Mary off, He acted. Mary advised the servant to just do what Jesus said even though she had no idea what Jesus would do. This is the only instruction that Mary gives in Scripture. How would your life change if you followed Mary’s advice?

Where in your life do you need to trust God without knowing how He will resolve the issue that you face?


Dear God, we need our hope restored and Your healing and grace. Forgive us for trying to fix our situations all on our own. You see where no one else can fully see or understand and You know the pain we’ve carried. Thank You that You will never waste our pain and suffering. We release to You this day every need and problem we’ve carried or tried hard to control. Your goodness will see us through. We love You and need You today.[3]

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[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 2:1–5). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Barton, B. B. (1993). John (p. 32). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.


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