Friday, June 20, 2014

God, That's NOT What I Expected?

John 20:
3Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”
“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.
4At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. 5He called out,“Fellows,c have you caught any fish?”
“No,” they replied.
6Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. 
7Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. 8The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yardsd from shore. 9When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.

There were two stories about catching an enormous amount of fish mentioned in the Bible. The first was at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  You can read the story in Luke 5.  This miracle occurred just before calling Simon (Peter), James and John to be His disciples. After the catch, Jesus told Simon (Peter) from then on he would catch men.  Simon (Peter), James and John did join forces with Jesus and worked with Him until His death.  
The events in John 20:3-9 (written above) occurred after Jesus had already risen from the dead.  I don’t think the disciples quite knew what to do with themselves after Jesus' death and resurrection, so they did what they knew best – they went fishing.

Even though Jesus tried to prepare the disciples for this season, they were confused and clueless as to what it all meant.  

Jesus needed to meet with the disciples to give them further instructions.  He used this fishing miracle to get the disciples attention to let them know their ministry had not ended but truly had just begun.  

Jesus may have called you to something that did not exactly pan out the way you thought it should either.  When things like that happen, it’s easy to become disillusioned and quit doing what God has asked you to do. 

If the disciples became confused and didn't understand it all, how can we expect to understand everything ourselves.  I've come to learn my thoughts are not always His and my ways are not His ways. (Isaiah 55:8)

God called us to Arizona with a team of people 15 years ago to help start a church.  After a year and a half, the church closed.  We then merged with another fairly new church in the area.    

We could have become discouraged, confused, and maybe even moved back to our East Coast home, but God had a plan all along.

God prepared us, we embraced the new thing He was doing, and we know beyond any doubt, we have been where God has wanted us all these years. 

There are times God may call us to temporary things just to position us for the next thing.  We may have to go to Point A to get to Point B.  It’s just part of the journey. 

If you are disillusioned because something did not happen the way you expected, let me encourage you to do as the disciples did after they reached the shore – talk with the Lord and find out what you are to do next. 

God is always doing new things.  Don’t miss anything He has stored up for you.

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