With the tax deadline approaching, many people find themselves having difficulty coming up with the tax owed to the government. Two thousand years ago, Jesus and Peter found themselves in the same position. They needed to pay the half shekel (2 drachma) temple tax.
In Matthew 17:27, Jesus said to Peter,
“...go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; open its mouth and you will find a stater [a coin equal to 4 drachmas]. Take it and give it to them for you and Me.”
Not that we should all go fishing every April 15 to pay our taxes, but there are definitely some applications from this story for each of us. The first thing to note is that Peter had always been a fisherman. He was blessed in this instance as we all are when we acknowledge the LORD in our lives, whether on the job, at home, or in any activity we do. Proverbs 3:6 puts it this way:
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
The second thing to note is that, as in so many miracles performed by Jesus, there was an act of faith that was required on Peter’s part. While Jesus could have come up with the shekel on the spot, or caused it to fall from heaven, He required Peter to go to the lake, and “throw in a hook.” When we sense God’s direction in our lives, we all need to follow it, and, proverbially speaking, throw in a hook.
So, whether it’s tax time, or any time, acknowledge the LORD in all you do, and go in the direction He leads you. You’ll wind up with a great catch.
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