August 12, 2021 — Breakfast in the Morning

“You seem to really enjoy breakfast,” I said to Stan one morning. “You always been that way?”

“As far back as I can remember,” he replied. “I think it might have to do with growing up and working on the farm.  Especially during harvest, we worked long days that started early with a big breakfast to get us going.”

“Well,” I said, “I grew up in the city, but my mom still encouraged me to eat a full breakfast so I would be ready for the day.”

“Smart lady,” Stan commented.

“You know,” he continued, “there’s an account in John’s gospel where Jesus fixed breakfast for some of the disciples. When I focus on what Jesus did, it has an impact on me and my faith walk.”

“In what way?” I asked.

“What John recounts about Jesus and the breakfast was something that occurred after Jesus had gone to the cross, been buried, and then resurrected. In the meantime, some of the disciples didn’t know what to do so they had gone back to being fishermen.”

Continuing, he said, “In this particular account, the disciple fishermen had caught nothing after a night of fishing. Absolutely nothing! Someone on the shore called out to them and told them to cast their net on the other side of their boat. They did and they caught a whole bunch of fish, so many that the net almost broke.”

Then what?” I asked.

“It’s recorded that the apostle John pointed out to Peter that the person on the shore who had called to them was none other than Jesus, raised from the grave. The disciples rushed to the shore to find that Jesus had prepared breakfast for them.”

“Jesus had fixed breakfast for them,” I commented, “what a welcome sight that must have been!”

“That’s right” Stan said, “not only to see the Risen Lord, but to see that He had fixed breakfast for them. I bet there wasn’t a single one of them who told Jesus he wasn’t hungry! And it’s the same for me every morning.”

“Same in what way?” I asked. 

“Jesus prepares for me a spiritual breakfast and I am to never tell Him I’m not hungry!” Stan responded. “He has it all laid out for me; all I have to do is come to His table, open His Word, listen to His voice, and be willing to be fed.”

“Every day?” I asked.

“Every day,” Stan replied.

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Bible verses to consider:

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”  None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord. John 21:12.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my load is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for what you prepare for me each day so I can come to you and your table to be fed all you have for me. Please forgive all of the times when I choose not to come to you and choose not to be fed and refreshed by you and your provision. Please help me in following every step of your lead into the deepest possible relationship with you every day you have for me on this side of eternity. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.  

Think on this: Do you have a time each day when you come before God to spend time with Him and “feed” on what He has prepared for you? If no, why? Do you agree that such time with God each day is important? Why or why not? If you sense changes are needed in how you spend time alone with God, how are those changes going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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