In my native Yoruba language, there is a prayer that goes like this “Je ki ale san mi ju owuro lo.” This loosely translates: “let my night time be better than my morning”. That as we advance in age we will be better off and not worse off. It is everybody’s silent wish that they will never have a better yesterday.  I believe that the origin of this prayer is scriptural as there are a few scriptures that express this very deep message.

When Jesus attended a wedding in Cana of Galilee, His very first miracle was recorded. There was a banquet and guests had been wining and dining when suddenly they ran out of wine. Wine is a celebratory drink. Wherever there is celebration, wine cannot be too far away. In Jewish culture wine is a symbol of joy, liberation and creation. For the couple to run out of wine was a thing of shame and embarrassment. The practice was that when they were far into the celebration a lower quality of wine would then be served knowing that guests might not notice. It appeared that Mary, the mother of Jesus was involved in this party, because she immediately approached her Son to tell Him that they had run out of wine. She asked Jesus to help them.  And He did. When Jesus had turned the water to wine the Master of the banquet  spoke “and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:10 NIV His shock and surprise were evident from his words; and he was stunned at what had happened. Anyone would be, at such a miracle, really! And that is what Jesus does. He surprises us with the best always. No matter how good it is right now, Jesus still has the best coming. And no matter how bad it is right now, know that it will only get better. As soon as we bring Jesus into any situation, He turns it around for the best. This is the promise of God concerning us. “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end shall greatly increase.” Job 8:7 KJV With Jesus on our side we have the assurance of a better tomorrow.

Another scripture that encourages us that the future will be better is found in the book of Proverbs. “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18 KJV This implies that the just or righteous man (who has been made righteous only in Christ and not by his own works) will continue to increase and make progress as each new day dawns; while his evil counterpart will walk on dark slippery paths. Since it is said that the just shall live by faith, we must be unwavering in our trust in God and know that because He loves and cares for us all will be well with us.

It might not always look like things are getting better when we look around and see that physically things have not changed. If that is the case, please fret not and be not afraid. When Jesus asked them to pour the water into the six water pots, it was still the water. When He asked them to draw the water from the pot and take to the Master of the banquet it was still the water. Somewhere along the line the water became wine. The waiters just did as they were told. They did not start bombarding Him with questions. Remember Jesus mother had told them to do whatever He asked them to do. On our part Jesus is telling us to do many things. For instance, He is asking us to cast our cares on Him; to rest in His love; to focus on Him and take refuge in Him. These are just a few of the things that Jesus asks us to do.

Dear friends are you perhaps going through a bit of a rough patch now, Jesus knows all about it and He knows the end from the beginning. You must trust Him to fix it because He will. Cast every care on Him. Let Him bear the burden. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11: 28 KJV