This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about what is possible when we put God first.
This week, I’ve been talking a lot about Peter and, as we know, Peter was a fisherman. I think it would be fair to say that fishing was even in his DNA. In fact, fishing was so close to Peter’s heart that Christ told him that He would teach him how to fish for men.
Peter was not only extremely skilled at fishing, but it brought him joy, too. In the good times, Peter would happily fish, and when he was down, he would retreat to fishing. For Peter, fishing was an earthly joy that brought him a great deal of fulfillment.
However, I noticed something interesting about this as I was reading in the book of John. One night, Peter and some of the disciples went out fishing. They fished all night, but by morning they had not caught a thing. An unsuccessful fishing trip was a big deal to someone like Peter as he appeared to love fishing more than anything else in his life.
At dawn, Jesus appeared on the shore and told Peter and the disciples to throw their nets on the right side of the boat, and there would be plenty of fish there. In fact, there would be so many fish that the nets wouldn’t be able to hold them all.
Yet the moment that Peter saw Christ appear on the shore, the Scriptures say he threw on his tunic, jumped overboard, and swam to shore to join Jesus. In that moment, Peter made it very clear that fish were no longer the most important thing in his life. He had something better—Christ on the shore—so he wasn’t even momentarily distracted by all the fish on the right side of the boat.
He didn’t waste a moment on fish when he could dwell in His presence.
Let us cling to these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
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So today, remember to put God first.