Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. John 21:4
When a person is very close to another person, he will be able to easily recognize him. However, when a person is farther away, it is more difficult to recognize the other one.
The more one spends time together with a person, the more he will recognize him at a distance or in a crowd. Every person has certain characteristics that stand out, that make him different from every one else. Only by close association can a person really know those differences.
After Jesus had died, the disciples had went back to fishing, their old trade. As they were out trying to fish, Jesus stood on the shore, but they did not recognize Him, even when He spoke to them.
The world does not recognize God or His voice. They are focused on themselves and the temporary things of this world. God could be right in front of them doing works, but they would not see Him, calling the events coincidence. Often many believers are living in the same way as the world is living.
They are so busy focusing on living in this world or in doing ministry, that they do not recognize when God is standing right in front of them doing something. They are not taking the time to grow closer to God, but to work on the things of this world.
The best way for a believer to be able to recognize God is to spend time with Him. This is taking time to know who He is and what He is doing by taking time to pray and study His word. People often choose to not take the time to spend with God in both prayer and His word.
God is always working in your life. Take a moment to look at your life. Do you see Jesus? Can you recognize His hand at work in your life?
If you cannot recognize Him working, you must shift your focus back to Him. Instead of going back to your old ways of doing things or focusing on just the temporary things, focus on God.
Spend time daily with God in both His word and in prayer. Begin to recognize God and His hand at work in your life. Realize that God is always with you at work.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will spend time in prayer and God’s word; that you will recognize God working in your life and this world; and that you will point people to Jesus.