For the past few days I have been prayerfully considering how eerily quite things are right now in the Spirit. The silence is almost deafening and that in a time when we need a clear channel and open line of communication. I realize that this statement may sound strange in light of how noisy things are in the world around us, and it appears that our worlds may be flying apart at the seams as the fabric of our society is begin torn apart.
That being said, Yahweh is impressing upon many of His sons the importance of to coming together in unity. We need to position ourselves to continue to hear and obey His voice as we begin to fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning our oneness. We Are One. There is One Sovereign, Faith and Baptism. The House that Yahshua has and is building is the Father’s House and it is made up of sons, brothers and friends. We are sons of the same Father and brothers of the same
In times like these we are tempted to hold to what we know to be true, while leaning on authority of experience. When we are not able to ascertain what the Father is saying and doing we have a tendency to pretend that we have a handle on everything by saying and doing something that comes natural. Our soul does not like silence and our flesh gets impatient when things are quite.
The following passage of Scripture speaks to what happens when we resort to doing something that comes natural before we know what the Father is saying and doing.
Peter was more than confused and troubled in His Spirit after the death and burial of Yahshua and he did not fully understand what was going on. His soul did not want to accept the reality that Yahshua was gone and He may not be coming back any time soon. This story reveals that Peter was some upset over what had happened so he decided to do something that came natural. He knew how to catch fish, or so he thought. However, his decision to go fishing influenced some other brothers and they all fished all night for nothing. The good news is, you-know-who showed up the next morning and He was already cooking breakfast.
We have all been right there, more than once. Some of us are there right now. Nothing is happening and we are licking our index finger and pointing upward in order to determine which direction the wind in blowing. What is the Father saying and doing is the question? Need I remind us that whatever He is saying will not return unto Him void, and whatever He is doing will accomplished His intended purpose?
Note: If we are in a holding pattern or a spiritual time-out, it is because He is waiting for us to properly discern the time and season before engaging. The beautiful part about this time and season is we will grow to trust Him with our life and future, and we will become more sensitive and attentive to what He is presently saying and doing. We are not obligated to say of do anything that He is not saying and doing. In times like these we can preach, teach and quote Scripture until we are blue in the face, and that to no avail. In times like these we can do what comes natural; but nothing lasting will come of our efforts in the end.
May I suggest what the Father is presently saying and doing may or may not have anything to do with what He has already said and done?
May I suggest that making more noise and jumping higher is not going to change the fact that when we are all out of breath and to weak to stand, nothing productive will have been accomplished?
Note: Patiently waiting is not something that comes natural. We live in a push button, automatic society, and we want it NOW. Instantaneous satisfaction and results.
Simon Peter said to them, I go a fishing. They say to him, We also go with you. They
went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
The Rest of the Story:
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?”They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the d disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son
of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?”When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me! ”So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.John 21:1-25 ESV