Jesus had risen from the dead, and had appeared more than once to the disciples in His resurrected form. The days went by, and they found themselves once again in Galilee. As seven of them were together one day, Peter announced “I’m going fishing.” And the others all responded that they would come with him.The seven of them went out in the boat and fished all night, but they caught nothing. When morning came, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they did not recognize Him. “Children,” He called to them, ” have you caught any fish?”

And when they responded that they hadn’t, He told them to throw their net on the right side of the boat, and they would catch some. When they had done so, the net was so full of fish that they could not haul it into the boat.

Once before, in their early days as disciples, they had experience a similar situation, They’d fished all night with no success, and Jesus had told them to put out the net on the other side of the boat. When they had done so, the net had been filled to the breaking point with fish. Jesus had demonstrated to them that, when they forsook all to follow Him, He was more than able to supply everything they needed.

And now again, as He prepared to leave this earth and return to His Father, Jesus was showing them once again that He was the provider. He is still the provider. Even when our best efforts come up short, Jesus has the compassion, the power, and the wisdom to supply everything we need as we serve Him with all we have. And His provision far exceeds our own ability to provide for ourselves.

 

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