Weekly Nuggets November 23, 2020
John 21:1-8 NKJV
……. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” …….
Key Phrase: Running forward, Running focused.
Is there a word? Is there a vision? The Lord says to write it down so that “he may run who reads it.” Habakuk 2:2.
The Lord is reminding us to stay focused on the plan which He has given us. He is reminding us to take His word and run with it, unwavering, not slowing down or looking back but forward facing till the work is done.
Today’s nugget starts with a flash back to Luke 5:4-10, we read of the calling of the disciples after a “bad-fishing-night” and how Jesus gave them a hefty catch of fish as a sign followed by a mandate, “From now on you will catch men“. Fast forward to today’s scripture (John 21), and we see an interesting development of discouragement and distraction after the crucifixion of Jesus – Simon Peter and others, contrary to the mandate to be fishers of men, returned to their old business of catching fish. But Jesus in His mercy appeared to them to encourage them with a sign and refocus them on the vision.
When God has decreed a thing concerning us, He expects that we hold unto it and keep running forward until the work is done. When we get distracted (as we most likely will), He will send encouragement to refocus and remind us of the plan, just like He did for Simon Peter and Co.
Father, send a clear word for our ministry, our business, our careers, our families, even our health today. Lord, every word that will turn our situation around and give you glory.. let us receive strength to obey & run the race with grace. Most of all Lord, we ask that every time we are distracted, discouraged or derailed, please refresh our faith with a sign and turn us back to pursuing your word with zeal. in Jesus name, Amen
Weekly nuggets is a ministry blog by Elozino