I’m not really sure why, but the story of Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish keeps pressing on my heart to share with you. All I know is that the message is not mine to keep in my heart and in my head … so here it goes.
The story is retold in the gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The book of John, chapter 21 reads like this.
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:1-6 (NIV)
What would’ve happened if Simon Peter told Jesus, “It’s never going to work.”, or “We’ve been fishing all night and have not caught anything.”, or even “I’m just too tired to try again and be disappointed.”?
Instead, Simon Peter, at His word, and in great faith, cast the net on the right side of the boat. And the result of his obedience, and within seconds, there is a net overflowing and so full of fish they can’t hardly haul it in. Now that’s my kind of miracle provision.
Are you ready to step forward in great faith, cast your net and receive the abundance God has prepared for you, or is fear, worry, doubt and unbelief talking you out of obedience?
I trust and know this message has reached the one or the many God has intended it for. It serves as a beautiful reminder to me as well that even when I don’t know why He has called me to do something or that I know exactly why or the impact it will have, that I must choose to be obedient, to be faithful, and to humbly do as He asks. I may never know. We may never know but the urgency in obedience and the follow through are critical.
The truth lies in the test. Maybe it is as simple as God saying, “If I ask you, will you obey?”, or “If I send you will you go?” If I obey in the little things He will entrust me to greater things.
We will all fall short of the glory of God, I know I do daily. We serve a God of mercy, grace, forgiveness and a mighty God of miracles.
Is there something you believe God is calling you to do that you are not being obedient in? Is there a gentle, consistent nudging of something left undone or where you’ve fallen short on following through? God already knows. Boldly go before Him, ask for forgiveness and immediately take the next steps to carry it out. Today, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:6 (NIV)
One thing is certain, my desire is to cast my net in the right side of the boat to receive the great abundance He has prepared for me. It is also my desire to prove faithful to my King Jesus in all things. How about you? I can’t wait to see the abundance God has for you too.
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