“Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.” John 21:11
In John 21, we read about how the disciples went out in the water to fish and had breakfast with Jesus. At this point, Jesus had already appeared to these men twice; yet, they still reverted back to their old ways. The fact that they had not caught any fish all morning shows that that Jesus had not called them to fish; He called them to be fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19) However, after Jesus told them to cast the net to the other side, there was an abundance of fish. So much so, that they all had trouble pulling the net into the boat.
Have you ever felt so blessed by God that it became overwhelming? Now, stay with me on this one. There are different stages of life that bring about many blessings. Here are some examples: having children, buying a house, getting a promotion, or starting a ministry. These are all beautiful blessings from above, but they also come with a great deal of responsibility. Some are more overwhelming than others, but there are definitely times when Satan can slither his way into our thoughts and steal the joy from us with a flood of anxiety and panic. Did we make a mistake buying this house? Do we have enough money? Will I be a good mom? Will I screw up my promotion and let everyone down? Am I really equipped to feed the Word to these people?
To combat the enemy’s attack, I want to refer to our verse of the week. “…and although there were so many, the net was not broken.”
The net was not broken, friends! We can be showered with blessings and Satan can do his worst, but when the gift is from above, we can rest assured that our nets will never be broken. He will never give us more than we can handle in both trial and triumph.
Think about some of those “overwhelming” blessings that God has bestowed upon you. If there is any second thought that is filled with even the slightest apprehension, say to yourself, “My net will not be broken.”
Jesus is our net, and we are safe in His arms.