Come and Dine

Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing.  They say unto him, We also go with thee.  They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.  But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.  Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat?  They answered him, No.

Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.  Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.  Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.  And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou?  knowing that it was the Lord.

John 21:3-5, 10-12

Simon Peter decided to go fishing.  The other disciples decided to go with him.  They went out, fished all night, and caught nothing.  Then Jesus showed up, asking if they had any fish.  They did not.  They had nothing to show for all of their work through the night.  They did not recognize Jesus, and He told them to cast in their net again.  They did so, and pulled in a huge catch of fish: one hundred and fifty three, to be exact.

He then invited them to “Come and dine.”  That is how Jesus works.  We work and work to get ahead.  We fight and struggle and we just can’t seem to get anywhere.  We want to do things in our own power, and we end up with nothing.  Then Jesus comes and invites us to “come and dine.”  He gives us what we need.  He gives us the desires of our hearts.

How many times have we felt like we are just banging our heads against a wall?  We need to learn the lesson from this story: be patient, wait on Jesus and He will come through for us – every time.

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