THIS SERIES: EASTER THOUGHTS
Some of these learning sessions are captured for us: one such being the story of the miraculous catch of fish:
Financial worries are a real issue in every age. In the UK, recent studies suggest that 40% of workers have been stressed about money in the past year.
As modern disciples of Jesus, we need to learn, like the early disciples, to walk in rest in this area....
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well."
[Matthew 6: 25,33]
The disciples, as they prepared for the next phase of ministry, went fishing. Sometimes this is viewed as a disobedient or faithless act, but there is no suggestion of a rebuke from Jesus. And the fact that they had seaworthy boats and nets, readily available, suggests to me that they had been maintained properly during their three years with Jesus. Maybe the coffers had been swelled from time to time by the odd fishing trip?
Once again, as with their first encounter with Jesus, the disciples had a huge catch of fish. Once again, they learned the lesson of the Lord's blessing on inspired labour; hearing and obeying His direction in the everyday can lead to an abundance of supply.
(As an aside....It is curious that they didn't recognise the Jesus’ voice..... I wonder if He was teaching them that in this new era, they would need to detect His voice in a variety of sources, including the words of friends and strangers?)
The account goes on to record that Jesus already had some fish and bread prepared for them. Their labour had nothing to do with this provision, the access to it depended entirely on their response to His Voice – this was grace on a plate. And no doubt as they ate, the disciples were reminded of the time when thousands of people had been fed from a similar small amount of loaves and fishes. This might be a new era, but Jesus hadn’t changed……
What encouragement do these lessons of provision hold for you?
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