Today’s daily water is written Grow Team Leader, Christy Morrow
Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved. (Matthew 9:17)
In Jesus’ day, people would store wine in goatskins. As the wine expanded, the skins would stretch. However, a used skin would break because it was already stretched. A new skin still would stretch and expand.
In context, this verse was about a new way of doing things that was unthinkable to the religious leaders at the time–it was not the “way we’ve always done it.” It was new and different. According to the NIV note on this verse: Jesus brings a newness that cannot be confined within the old forms. Isn’t like us? We pray for God to answer our prayers in the way in which we think he should–according to our way and our way of thinking. We subconsciously try to limit God–because we can’t see outside our own box (we don’t see another way). But God does.
In Mark 9, Jesus says to the father who’s son needed healing: Everything is possible for him who believes. The NIV note on this verse says: “A person who truly believes will set no limits on what God can do” He cannot be confined. His ways are so so much higher than our ways–and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. He knows his plan for us–plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Keep your mind open and let him expand your thinking. It will expand your belief (faith). Then you are more open to his plan for your life that is immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.