Devotion - May 1, 2019

John 21:9-14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Devotion by Rev. Krista

"When you know what you know"

There are some things in life that we just do not have to ask. I know that at 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, I do not dare call my mother because she is watching her favorite show. If it is not an emergency, I go into auto-pilot and I just patiently wait until 6:00 pm. I just know! I know she is occupied. I know she is otherwise occupied, and I know she loves me but does not want to hear from me at that moment.

I am sure there are some of you that feel the same way. There are people in your life that you do not have to ask. You do not have to ask what they like to eat or their favorite dessert. You do not have to guess or nudge the person next to you to solicit their assistance on a particular matter. You have such an intimate relationship with the person you are dealing - that you just know! You are certain how they love you, what makes them happy and what brings a smile to their face.

How fortunately blessed we are to say that about Jesus! If we spend time studying the Word of God, praying and meditating, and examining the ministry of Jesus then we can 'just know'. When we come into a challenging time in our life, we can call out to Christ and know that He hears us. We know that God loves us. We know that the Divine sees all and knows all. And with that level of confidence, we can rest with peace and have comfort. We do not have to second guess ourselves and we do not have to be afraid. We Just Know!

Our Prayer

Dear God, I go on this day knowing you are with me all the days of my life. I know, just like the disciples who spent time with you and who came to know, that I must do the same. I know you will show up on my darkest day and you will provide me peace, comfort and love. I just know. Thank you, God, for your faithfulness and this Blessed Assurance! Amen.

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