John 2:10 and said to him, "Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now."
Do you know what it is to be disillusioned? Webster’s dictionary says that it means to be left without naïve faith and trust. Now, if the child-like faith is as important as the scriptures say:
Matthew 18:3Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Then those who are disillusioned are those who are left without saving faith. And its easy for such things to happen, if you look and it appears that the only choices are bad – what do you do? Do you try to pick the best of the bad choices, or do you turn to God and ask him to open your eyes?
Think about the wedding at Cana, what do you do when the wine is running short? Do you quickly get a refill so that you do not go thirsty, or do you turn to God? I do not believe we are much practiced at turning to God, and so often we may miss God at work all around us.
And this is where our Old Testament lesson chimes in, for in a very real sense, we have begun to live in a world which is desolate and forsaken. Right and wrong seem often confused, honor and virtue are not often in evidence, and the good that we would, often does not get done… The problem is that we have begun to learn to live with this, this brokeness, but the scriptures would indicate that the proper response is the one that turns to God and cries, who can deliver me from this body of death?
Isaiah 62:1-2For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindication goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will give.
You see, God’s plan for living in a lost and forsaken world, is not learning to live with desolation and brokeness, but it is to look to God, ask him to open our eyes that we might see his work, and hear of his salvation. And hearing of his salvation, that the spirit might work faith in our heart, so that we might believe and be saved.
You see, the forsaken and the desolate are those who see their sins and see what their sins deserve. And because all they can see is that they are lost, they wallow in their sin, and in their darkened minds the only thing in which they seem to be able to grow is in perversion.
It is not hard to see the lost and forsaken world, its there whenever we turn on the TV. All manner of sin is glorified.
But hope,…. That comes to us in the Word, and the good news that God has not abandoned us, but comes to us with Good News of great joy.
The words of our text are a reminder to us, to turn from our sins, and to turn to our savior, for the best is yet to come, and that is the grace of God poured out for us in Jesus Christ, everlasting life, the forgiveness of sins and peace with God that passes all understanding.