THIS SERIES: EASTER THOUGHTS
The time between the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension, was a period of intensive learning for the disciples, transitioning as they were, from their dependence on the Jesus who had been alongside them physically, to the One whose Presence they would carry with them, and in them, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Some of these learning sessions are captured for us: one such being the story of the miraculous catch of fish:
It is interesting that the Gospel accounts of the disciples' physical journey with Jesus, begin and end with such a catch [Luke 5:1-9]. We can glean powerful spiritual lessons from these stories, but the basic truth is that a good catch meant money - the supply of their needs.
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....
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
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]
And like them, we need to understand that the Lord's provision often comes from more than one source....
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?)
Two lessons of supply for the disciples to reflect on. I suspect that that morning some fears were put to rest.
What encouragement do these lessons of provision hold for you?
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