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Fishermen who became “Fishers of Men”

They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him (Matthew 4: 18 – 20). So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

Standing in the midst of all the things that surround us, we find ourselves clueless of what we are going to do next. We get scared looking at the circumstances around. Just like how a sailor stands in the middle of the ocean, without a compass, and unable to decide on which direction to sail. Things look blank. Nothing indicates anything worthy. We feel that we have reached the end of everything.

If you are in such a position today, God promises you with the word we’ve read above. Be assured in Him. He has promised that in such situation where you are full of fear and dismayed, God promises that He will strengthen you and help you. What else do we need? What else assurance can be greater than this. God who created the heaven and the earth, and the one who has been faithfully taking care of everything that’s in this world promises you that He is your God and you have nothing to fear.

It may be any kind of circumstance. You may be preparing for your high school or college exams which may look like a dark cloud in front of you. The medical report which you are waiting to see tomorrow may be killing you inside. The thought of the next level in your workplace may be tiring you, since you find the promotion impossible. Your relationship with someone may be in the phase of breaking, it may keep bothering you too much. The worry about your family and how you are going to provide for them the following day may be a worry in your heart. The way people look at you and laugh and say that you are barren and not fruitful may hurt you like a thorn and you may feel that one day you may be rejected among the people….

But I just want to remind you what we have discussed above. Do not fear. God is there to uphold you. He will strengthen you. He will uphold you with His righteous right hand. You will find the comfort, the strength and the joy in His care and love. Do not fear. Trust in God and keep your next step. He will show you wonders. Whatever the situation you are going through, God is in control of it.

Ebenezer Breman Veerasingam

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