by Carolyn Hope

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” (John 2:4)

Jesus’ first response was to brush off his mother’s prompting. He had no obligation to fix the wine deficiency of the wedding party; besides, it wasn’t time for Him to reveal Himself.

Sometimes Jesus says no. Other times, He says not yet. His refusal of an idea doesn’t equate to rejection of a person. In telling His mother it wasn’t time yet, Jesus was not rejecting her or pushing her away. As we’ll see later this week, Jesus actually did end up doing what Mary requested; however, He didn’t do it right away.

If God says no or not yet to your request, don’t be discouraged. He knows the right actions to take, and the right times to do them. He isn’t closed to you. Even when He says no to something you present, He does not reject you. He always welcomes you.

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