For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; Luke 5:9
I grew up hearing people say that God only supplies our needs, not our wants. Yet, in the Bible, God clearly shows us that He wants to meet not just our needs, but also our wants.
For example, the famous “shepherd psalm” begins with “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. (Psalm 23:1) Another psalm says, “Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” (Psalm 34:9–10)
One of the names of our God is Jehovah Jireh, which means “the all-providing One”. He provides more than enough. The God of more-than-enough came in the flesh and walked among His people. And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He did not give His disciples small blessings. That is why He said to Peter, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets [plural] for a catch,” (Luke 5:4) and not “let down your net [singular]”. And what a catch it turned out to be—a boat-sinking, net-breaking catch! It was such a big and unexpected blessing that Peter and all who were with him were “astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken”.
When my wife and I decided to leave Texas for Florida, I remember saying to her, “If we are going to be poor, we are going to be poor on the beach.” I stand corrected! God brought us here, filled our baskets full to overflowing with blessing. God gave us, in less than one year, what some people work a lifetime for. When I moved from Texas I had not understood God’s grace. His act of blessing me and my family was all a part of revealing to me how much His desire to bless and provide for us is. It is all because of His grace. Let me put it this way, God’s mercy is not getting what we deserve, while God’s grace is getting what we don’t deserve. God’s blessing is to show us, in part, what His grace is all about—undeserved favor!
Beloved, see God’s heart for you today. He wants to prosper you. Don’t settle for anything less, thinking that He only supplies your needs and not your wants. If you need a job, know that He wants you to pray not just for a job, but for a position. When you have a position, you have influence and you are able to impact lives. Maybe what you need is a pay increase. Then, pray not just for that, but also to be in a position to give increase!
You may start out poor when you follow God. But you cannot remain in lack when you follow the God of more-than-enough. In fact, like Peter, you too will be astonished that God supplies more than what you need and beyond what you have asked!