Summary: God will provide the fish. I will catch 'em. You clean 'em.
“Catch My Fish”
"Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken." John 21:11 (KJV)
Intro: Every one of us has a story about fishing. Yours might be an early childhood memory of someone taking you fishing. The first fish I ever caught was (stretch out your arms as wide as they will go, then bring hands in and measure a very small fish with your fingers.)
Jesus often used stories about fishing to teach us about how to deal with people.
Some time ago I was counseling a guy who came to me because he was having trouble with his wife. After listening for a while he told me that they were constantly fussing and fighting. He said the biggest thing was that she always made them late. She took at least a couple of hours to get ready. So he was always trying to get her to hurry up so they would not be late. That never ended well. They would get mad and that would make them even later.
I shook my head and said, “I see…, I know exactly what your problem is.”
He was shaking his head, (YES.)
I said, “You are a control freak.”
The man’s jaw dropped. He stopped dead in his tracks. He asked, “What?” She is the one who is driving me crazy. It is her fault that we are always late.
I said, “No it’s not.” You already know your wife well enough…, you know her routine. You know what to expect. But instead of going along with her routine you want to be in charge and in control and so you tell her to get ready faster than she is willing to get ready in. You want to control her.
For a moment I could see the angry rising in him. I was afraid that what I said might even jeopardize our friendship.
It was almost a month later before he would even speak to me. You see most guys process things a little different. Men have to mull things over. We think about them. Then we forget about it. Then we remember it and start thinking about it again. Women did you know that?
Most men don’t accept criticism very well. We like to be in charge. We like to be told we are right. Especially when it is just two guys letting out steam. To not to take “his side” was a challenge to the “Alpha Male” in him.
But then I got the phone call. “Pastor. Thank you. We haven’t fussed or fought in almost two weeks.”
I said, great! How did you do it? He said, “You were right. I know how long it takes her to get ready. So now when we have to be somewhere at 7:00, I tell her we need to be there at 5:00 and she is ready in plenty of time. We both couldn’t be happier.” Seriously, you can’t make this kind of stuff up.
The bible tells us a story. It is a fishing story. But the bible wants us to know that it is not a made up story, because it gives us such great detail. It tells us the exact number of fish caught 153…
Here is the first point I want you to get.
I. God Will Provide the Fish