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So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.

John 21:5-6 (NASB)

How often have you been in distress, and busied yourself with some household job that needs doing? I remember when I worked in a nursing home in North Fife, the laundry room was in the loft with a window that looked over the peaceful River Tay. No one like doing laundry duty, but often it was taken on by those looking for some personal time during the night shift – it was a haven of rest that I used often, it was an effective prayer opportunity. In today’s portion of Scripture Peter and the other disciples needed to do some work to soothe their pain, thus they went fishing.

They fished all night and caught nothing, despite their collective knowledge of fishing on their coast. It is at this time, in the morning that they saw a man on the shoreline (Jesus) who stated the obvious fact  – they did not have any fish. He knew their boat was empty. I see the humour in it, that these experienced fishermen caught nothing, but Jesus tells them to just throw their nets over the side…immediately catching a seriously big haul of fish! They had tried on their own and failed, but with Jesus they were successful.

Dear reader, in whatever you are doing today, make sure you have Jesus involved in it. Whether it be just everyday household duties or work, you need His presence. Especially in Christian service, be it evangelism, preaching, or writing a devotional blog, Jesus is needed – without Him you will not catch many souls for the Kingdom.

22 thoughts on “Fishing With The Master

  1. Alan,
    Not too long ago I re-read an article about work and faith. The writer made the point that whatever a Christian does, whether filing, answering phone-whatever-it can all be a spiritual discipline. The theme of the magazine was that the workplace and faith can go together; God does not separate them, and neither should we. Thanks for your post reminding me of this.

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  2. Doing the Lord’s bidding can be counterintuitive.

    But it also doesn’t have to be hard or complicated.

    Sometimes I think we can slip into believing that if it isn’t hard or difficult or taxing then we must try harder

    And Jesus stands there smiling with that warm smile, and simply tells us to do something simple that yields more than we can imagine

    Jesus asks us to ‘trust and obey for there’s no other way’

    He doesn’t ask us to understand what He is asking us to do (He doesn’t work around our minds either).

    Just to trust that His view is better than ours.

    Lovely post

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    1. Often complications are the snares of the enemy, having us delay in delivering His service simply. How often I have had to chastise myself for seeking perfection where it isn’t needed; what is needed is simple obedience in Christ.

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      1. Somewhere in my mind, I think I knew that…can’t recall the song though, at all

        But then my mind is a little slower again today – which corresponds to my coughing being quite so distant as it was yesterday

        Recovery really is not linear from covid, we’re finding!

        2 steps forward 1 step back

        Jo avoided the lung infection that I ended up with…but I’m glad she is still recovering, in one way, because I can measure my recovery against hers, and she is similarly finding it is not as straight forward as just a straight line towards being well again


        I’m much better than three days ago, which will do for now

        Andy B

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement today. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus encourages us by accepting our sacrifice of service each day, it is the best we can do for Him. May He guide and bless you.

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