S (Scripture) – John 21:3-12 “Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will also come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 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. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his out garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish. So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.’ Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.‘”
O (Observation) – Lord Jesus, this is what it is like to live a life richly blessed by You, with Your supernatural intervention in our everyday affairs. When we seek first Your kingdom and your righteousness (Matthew 6:33), You promise to provide all that we need. We can work in our own strength for days, weeks, and even years, without success. But when You intervene and speak into our situation, we see heaven overrule our circumstances. The disciples had been fishing all night without success. You give them one command to cast the net again, into the very same water that they had just unsuccessfully attempted, and lo and behold they had more than they could even handle. My personal favorite part of this story is the last part when Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” After all of their efforts to bring in the fish that they had just caught, Jesus didn’t even expect them to prepare it – He had already done so, and simply invited them to partake.
A (Application) – Our Heavenly Father already has breakfast waiting for us, and we are out there trying to catch fish on our own. Living a supernatural life in Christ is anything but ordinary. He provides in ways that we cannot comprehend, and make no earthly sense. That is what it is like to be walking in step with His Spirit and watching Him move in our lives. When we can look at a situation we’re going through, and undeniably attribute the victory to our God, it strengthens our faith as well as the faith of others. If we are not seeing God’s fingerprints in our lives, we need to re-evaluate our priorities – are we putting Him first in all we do? Are we seeking His face and not just asking Him to bless our plans? God’s promise to us is true – if we seek first His kingdom, He will take care of all we need.
P (Prayer) – Lord Jesus, thank You for provision, for peace, and for Your promises. May we not continue to depend on our own strength knowing full well that You are able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all that we ask or even think (Ephesians 3:20). Increase our faith, Lord. Draw us closer to You, and continue to captivate our hearts for what is worthy and pure and true. Thank You for always being one step ahead of what we think we need, and for faithfully intervening in all the details of our lives. “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives (Psalm 37:23 NLT).”