Give us this day our daily bread.
In this climate of uncertainty, financial instability, and unrest in many parts of the world, it is good to remind ourselves that God is “Jehovah Jireh”. This name literally means the Lord who sees, or the Lord will see to it (Gen.22:12-14) and the name is generally taken to mean the Lord who provides. He is our provider and he will supply all that we need.
- Read John 21:1-12 and then enter into the meditation and see how Jesus provided for his disciples.
- Imagine that you are with the disciples (or even one of them!) when Peter announces he is going fishing. Take in the surroundings as you walk to the shore. Is the moon shining? Is it cold? Imagine getting into the boat. Where do you sit? What are the disciples talking about?
- How do they feel about catching no fish? You watch the sun rise. You see a man on the shore and he calls out, ‘Friends have you caught any fish?’ No’ you all answer. He calls out again, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ How do the disciples respond to this instruction? Do they do it instantly or comment that it will not work, there are no fish, they have been there all night?
- The net goes over the side of the boat. How do the disciples respond to the fact that there are now so many fish, that they cannot haul the net in? How do you feel?
- John turns to Peter and says, ‘It is the Lord.’ At this Peter wraps his garment around him and jumps into the water. What is the mood of the disciples now? You reach the shore and see a fire burning with some fish on it and some bread. How do you feel? Peter gets back into the boat. The net is dragged to shore, but it does not break.
- Jesus says, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ He takes some bread and gives some to each of you. How do you feel as he gives you the bread, and then the fish?
- He stands beside you when he has given out the fish.
- What do you want to say to him?
- What does he say to you?
- Spend time with him and when you are ready take your leave.
- Finally take a few minutes to praise and thank God for what he has revealed to you through entering into this meditation.