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Daily Reading: 3rd April 2016

John 21.4

4 Now when early morning came Jesus stood on the beach, however, the disciples did not know that it was (is) Jesus.

It has been said that the fishing boat would have been no more than 100 yards (96 metres) from the beach. This is based on observing more modern ways of fishing on the Sea of Galilee. It is also based on verse four which states that Jesus called out to the disciples from the sea shore.

However, this does not mean that the disciples had not actually been further out to sea during the night, and were returning to shore when Jesus called out to them.

Yet the disciples did not know whom it was that was calling to them. They were too far away to be able to recognize the familiar figure of Jesus. They did not realize that they were in the presence of their Master.

Jacob famously declared:

[16] Then Jacob woke up and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it” – Genesis 28.16 (NLT).

He had had a dream of angels ascending and descending between Heaven and earth, during which God spoke to him about His being with Him.

Are we always aware that God is with us?

It may be that there are times when we are going through difficult circumstances and we might question the presence of Jesus being with us.

This may seem like a natural reaction. Yet it is a question that has no foundation in the word of God, and no basis in faith. The promise of God is that He will always be with us, even when we do not realize it.

Once again we see that God spoke through the prophet Isaiah:

When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you – Isaiah 43.2.

Let us all be encouraged to know that Jesus is with us, even when we are unaware of His presence.

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