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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

John 21:2-4

Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They went up and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore, yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
John 21:2-4

Have you ever felt like you messed up so bad in your Christian walk that the Lord couldn't possibly use you? The Lord had commanded the disciples to wait for Him in Galilee (Matthew 28:16). But Peter did not believe the Lord would use him. After all, he had denied Jesus three times. How could God possibly use someone so weak? And so, rather than being obedient, he decided to go back to his old life, something familiar to him, a life of fishing. But the Lord was not done with Peter. And as Peter and the others were out in the boat being disobedient and unfruitful, the Lord stood on the shore, waiting.

This has always been a great encouragement to me. I know that when I am at my worst, the Lord is still willing to use me. He stands on the shore, patiently waiting for me to come to my senses, confess my sins, and follow Him. It doesn't matter how badly we have messed up. The Lord still loves us. The Lord still has work for us to do. But we have to get out of the boat and come to Him.

Getting out of the boat,

Pastor Rod Harris



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