God Cares; August 7, 2018

John 21:12-13 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

We forget how totally mundane and down-to-earth Jesus was. We think of Him in terms of all sorts of miracles, but here He’s just giving His disciples some breakfast. The point is, God cares. We have a real tendency to lose sight of that. Jesus brought it up several times in His teaching, going so far as to say that the Father pays attention to how many hairs we have on our heads. (Matthew 10:30) No person is insignificant, and no detail is insignificant. In this era of “big data” we have computers that sift through incredible amounts of information, but they are no match for God! He is, by every metric, infinite, and that includes His concern for us His creatures. That’s why Jesus told us to ask for our “daily bread.” Sometime we get hung up on what we think are “big” things, when from God’s perspective, every bit of it is small! We aren’t to be presumptuous or lazy, but we are to trust Him with our every need, not just physical but emotional and every other kind of need. Jesus of course taught on that in Matthew 6, and Peter reminds us of it in his first letter. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) He even cares what you have for breakfast!

This is something I have certainly learned over the years, but even I forget it in practice sometimes. I tell others all the time that God loves us in every detail, but I still get uptight or anxious about various things. How foolish! Like the disciples in this story, I may “labor all night” with nothing to show for it, but when Jesus shows up, one cast of the net can bring in 153 fish. It’s been several years now since He told me to rest, relax, and rejoice, but I’ve still got room to grow in putting that into practice! I do believe God has a season of harvest for me, and I’m to trust Him with the timing and every other detail, so that He may receive every bit of the glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for the good practice session we had last night for one of the songs for the CD project, and that You’ve already provided the recording engineer and location. Help me do my part, in that and in all of Your plans, so that Your name may be acknowledged as holy and Your kingdom come as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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