This very interesting passage shows us that the Lord Jesus acts in our lives only where a human being would not be able to act. Here, Jesus is sending peter to go and open the mouth of the first fish he catches to get a large silver coin to pay for the tax for them. My brother, my sister, what have you been asking Jesus for? Now imagine He tells you this: “Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find” what you have been asking me for? Be sincere with yourself: won’t you start reasoning? Won’t you start questioning Him, because what He says may not seem normal to you?
You see, life with Jesus is a life of faith. Many people believer in Christ, but many do not do what He tells them to do or they do it their own way! Yes, your reasoning keeps your miracle away. While you are reasoning on the Word instead of meditating on it, it will never alive in your life. While your reasoning on Jesus’ teaching, His Spirit will never transform you. Besides, notice here that Jesus did not make a coin appear by magic for them to pay for their taxes. Peter had to “do something,” which brings us to the second point: what do we have to do when we ask Jesus to act in our lives? Yes, we have to do something, and here it is: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise” (James 5:13).
Yes, Jesus expects us to do something for Him to act. But nowadays, when people are in trouble, they run from pastors to evangelist, bishops to prophets, looking for someone to pray for them. Here the Word today: “Let them pray!” “Let them sing!” What part do you play yourself for the Lord to hear that pastor, evangelist, bishop, prophet or whoever you are calling? The rules of the Lord are unchangeable: apply them the way they are and you will see great changes, great things happening in your life. Yes, the Lord is the provider, and just like He supplied the tax, Peter still had to go and get it. So, know that God is ultimately the one who supplies and provides for all you have, but you yourself (not your pastor, your friends, your family members or whoever you think is more godly than you), you still have to be active in the process of this provision. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.