9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out 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, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 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. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
How much faith in our hearts does God require? Let's take a look at the definition of faith according to allaboutreligion.org:
The dictionary definition of faith is, “the theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.” For a Christian, this definition is not just words on a page it is a way of life. Faith is acceptance of what we cannot see but feel deep within our hearts. Faith is a belief that one-day we will stand before our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
The key components here are, "For a Christian, this definition is not just words on a page it is a way of life. Faith is acceptance of what we cannot see but feel deep within our hearts." And believe me this is a constant struggle for most of us. For in reality we are part-time faith gatherers. After all, as long as the tide is coming in our direction, we are exhibitors of great faith. God is with me all is well. But when the shore begins to run dry as the tide must expel from time to time, and then we feel great abandonment, seeking richer shores to enhance our faith.
But acquiring and maintaining faith is a constant struggle for all Christians. Notice in today's famous Bible verse that the fishermen had just caught an entire net of fish. They were gathering their bounty to get to shore when they caught a whiff of the smell of fish on the fire and fresh bread. Upon coming to shore they all realized that they were all together again with Jesus.
None of them questioned as described in one line- Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. I can imagine their amazement at that point wondering if they were being tested. After all the man just died and they saw it. Yet, I am sure their faith in their hearts exclaimed, "I believe.......help me to believe more."
God knows at times it is hard to believe that the risen Lord is present in all our lives. We often say we believe but could be sick and empty. Sometimes it seems that God isn't listening at all especially when life throws in a catastrophe.
Realize that faith is an ongoing struggle and must be met head on each day. For God is always with us, yet life doesn't make that application easily seen. This week pray each day........
"I believe Lord...........................help me to believe more."