When was the last time you started trusting someone? What made you decide to trust them? Was it that they always told the truth? Was it because they were reliable? Maybe it was simply because they were always there…
Stephen Covey defines trust as both character and competence. Dictionary.com’s first definition of trust is ‘reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc. of a person or thing; confidence.’ Trust is rarely the result of one specific event. It is usually something that develops from a significant amount of time in relationship – sort of like aged wine: the older the relationship, the better. There is a restaurant in Tampa, FL that has the biggest private wine selection in the world. Their oldest wine is a 1792 Madeira. The restaurant boasts about the Madeira specifically because of its age, which provides a good indication of how good it tastes.
Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. It wasn’t just any kind of wine, but the best tasting wine. Usually it takes years to make good wine but Jesus made great tasting wine in just a few seconds. Aside from possibly getting Him more party invitations, there was a deeper result that came out of His miracle. John 2:12 says this after Jesus performed the miracle, “This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in Him.”
In the ancient world, to believe in someone was not just a kind of mental state. It meant that the disciples trusted Jesus whole-heartedly. The Greek phrase, ‘to believe in someone’ included the idea of being a possession to the one in whom they believed. The quality of the wine was an indication of the unmatched trust-worthiness of Jesus.
What would it look like if you believed in Jesus that way? How different would you see the challenges you are facing?