October 3, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
"Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." John 21:6
Certain people have helped us along life's way. Often we are unable to repay them and can only say thank you! Perhaps someone has encouraged you, stood by you during hard times, or shared their material blessings with you. Such generous friends are benefactors.
Jesus is our Benefactor in the fullest sense. He did the greatest amount of good for others by dying and rising for the salvation of the world. On this occasion after His resurrection, He directed His disciples, who had not caught a thing all night, to let down their empty nets on the right side of the boat. Miraculously, they hauled in 153 large fish. And when they came to shore, He had breakfast waiting. What a gracious host!
Though now Jesus is in glory, having conquered death and the grave, He remains concerned about the earthly problems of His followers. He knows our failures and defeats, our worries and needs. He exercises His divine power for the good of His church promising, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). He purchased us with His precious blood so we may serve Him in righteousness, innocence, and blessedness. Our Benefactor will supply all our needs!
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for benefactors along life's way. Help us to pass on deeds of kindness. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)