…go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”
Matthew 17:27 (NLT)
Taxes were due, but rather than just hand Peter a coin to pay the taxes, Jesus told him to go to the lake and fish. The Bible doesn’t tell us what lesson Jesus was trying to teach Peter, but below are two lessons I’ve learned from this scripture:
1. Obtaining God’s Promises Often Requires Our Participation
By allowing Peter to go fish for the coin, Peter was able to participate in the miracle and exercise his faith. Peter could have told Jesus that His request was ridiculous or impossible. Peter could have insisted that Jesus just give him the money rather than making him “work” for it. Instead, Peter trusted Jesus and welcomed the opportunity to participate in obtaining the money he needed to pay his taxes.
If the Holy Spirit prompts you to do something strange or seemingly impossible to meet a need, don’t try to reason your way out of your miracle. Of course, you shouldn’t do anything that is against God’s Word – like stealing or cheating, but don’t be surprised if your miracle comes through your regular “work”.
2. Resting in God’s Promises Doesn’t Mean Doing Nothing
Peter was a fisherman, so fishing was his work, but in this instance he wasn’t stressing out about how many fish he would need to catch to pay his taxes or how many hours it would take. He surely went to work with a restful mindset. So, Peter wasn’t idle – just sitting on the shore praying for a coin to land in front on him. He did what he was trained to do and trusted that Jesus would provide what He promised.
You don’t need to worry about how many clients you need to attract or how many hours/years you need to work to pay your bills. The Bible promises that God will take care of our needs, so there is no reason to worry. Do what you know to do and trust God for the outcome.
Let’s Pray: My Perennial Provider, thank You for always providing what I need. I have plenty of food and clean water. I have plenty of clothes. I have a comfortable home. I have so much more than what I need and I pray that You help me be a blessing to others with what You have blessed me with. Help me remember that You have always provided for me in the past and You will always provide for me in the future.
QUESTION: Have you had a “coin in the fish” experience? Use the comment form to share your thoughts.Have a Victorious Day! Marianne Clements