I love the interaction Jesus has with his disciples in this chapter. What stands out to me is that in verse 6, Jesus got their attention by performing a miracle that he knew they would recognize. He tells them how and where to catch fish after a night of fishing failure.
Then once they reach shore, he invites them to come eat breakfast. But what does he have already cooking for them before they even get to shore? FISH! Jesus had what they were looking for all along.
It seems to be that when Jesus calls us to something, we get there and realize he has been preparing what we needed all along. But Jesus wasn’t only calling the disciples to obedience, he also told them to bring some of their newly caught fish. What a gracious gift it is that Jesus calls us to and blesses us for obedience, allowing us to bring our resources to the meal, yet all the while he is taking care of our needs in advance.
“Father I thank you that you are the God Who Provides. Most importantly, you have provided a way for me to be made right with you by the blood of Jesus. I also praise you that you look after the little, seemingly inconsequential things in the world as well. Help me to hear your voice clearly so that I am know how you are directing my life.
Give me the courage to obey you, even when it might seem foolish. Help me to remember what you have done in the past, just as the disciples remember you helping them catch fish. Lord, I thank you that as I move in obedience, you have already provided what I need.”
When was a time that you responded to God’s call and
saw him provide above and beyond what you imagined would happen?
When was a time that you thought you were “bringing everything to the table”, only to realize that God had it all taken care of already?
Is there anything God is calling you to do that you have been hesitant to respond to? What are you waiting for? Is it possible God has already taken care of that?