Peter had fished all night.
“Try over there!”
“Oh but Lord we toiled all night”
Abundance, provision and so much more.
I was amazed this morning as it was, I believe, revealed to me that God’s blessings go in every direction.
Think for a minute, what comes to mind?
Boats almost sinking, nets tearing, and great heavy loads of fish piled up on the shore.
Have you had thoughts like, what a waste, pee eww.. that’s gonna smell bad. So on.
Think again of Peter, James and John, Andrew and others the Lord requires them to leave their nets and follow him.
Problem. They have wives, families, mothers, sisters and so on. People dependent upon them.
Is it possible there happened to be something big on in the city that day, and they would find a demand for much fish? Get a good price? Perhaps salted and preserved in barrels for later consumption and sale?
Peters wife was not the breadwinner, but it seems to me, Jesus has just provided more than enough income for this village to sustain them all, in the absence of the men. Now I often used to think I wouldn’t be happy if that happened to me. Had the Lord not shown them his provision, perhaps it would have been too much for his wife. Perhaps Peter wouldn’t have been as quick to follow.
I imagine the whole fishing community were abuzz this day, and can you picture Peter saying to his wife he has to go, and her pushing him out the door
Jesus gives them a job to do and comforts the families with a clear demonstration that it will be ok.
Obviously these men were at home at times, with Jesus, and enjoying family fellowship as we see when Jesus heals Peters mother in law.
But the time would come when they were dispersed to “catch men” as Jesus put it.
This is not prosperity gospel, this is God clearly showing how he provides for his workers. If the Lord builds the house he provides all that will be required.
Look back further to the wise men, they bought gifts. There are all kinds of legends and spiritual symbolism there. But was properhaps God was providing for a time immediately following this visit. Joseph, not much spoken of but serving in his own role. These gifts had to provide for a move to Egypt and back to Nazareth. Before God even sent the messenger to tell Joseph get out of town, he had made a way. Remember Joseph also had to leave everything behind his carpentery, business, his relatives and go to a new land and find housing, work and so on.
How amazing is God?
Don’t doubt He is aware of what is going on today, and that provision is already being provided for tomorrow.