21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
The setting here is after the resurrection of Jesus and he is on the shore while His Apostles are fishing. They are back to work. Jesus shows interest in how they are getting along with their “job” by just asking how they are doing. He already knew but asked anyway because he wanted to see if they were listening and willing to be obedient. Jesus told them to throw their net on the right side of the boat and they would have a catch. So, they heard the request from Jesus and then they honored the request. The result was a large catch of fish. He provided a solution to their problem.
I think Jesus does the same today with us. He is interested in how we are doing also. He gives us instruction to help us in our times of trouble and need. He has our best interest at heart and wants us to live an abundant life ( John 10:10b ). With an open heart we can soon get to where we are hearing and receiving instructions from Him also.
May abundant life and blessing be yours in 2019.
Chet Wiswell, Elder
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