"As soon the as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread." (John 21:9)
Peter must be approved before his brethren and re-commissioned. They would remember his boast of superior love, and they ate in silence. The Lord graciously said nothing about his failure. That matter had been settled between them personally. But He had prepared a coal of fire. Why coal, when driftwood, branches and twigs, would be more plentiful to burn? Because the fire where Peter had denied His Lord was a coal fire! Now, the Lord's fire would quietly remind him of what he was, an utterly dependent servant. (Choice Gleanings - J. Boyd Nicholson)
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
(Annie S. Hanks)
N.J. Hiebert # 3687
"She (Naomi) went forth out of the place where she was."
Naomi made a clean break from what she had been engaged with. Not only did she go out from Moab, she came all the way back to Bethlehem , the very place where she went out. "So they two (Naomi and Ruth) went until they came to Bethlehem . . ." (Ruth 1:19) She came right back to the point of departure. A person who wants to be restored to the Lord but won't give up his sin or get out of the circumstances that caused his fall is surely giving an index to his state, that he is not repentant. (Bruce Anstey)
N.J. Hiebert # 3688
"Serving the Lord with all humility (lowliness) of mind."
If there is any position, any calling where pride should have no place, it is in connection with the ministry of the Word of God, for, to begin with, the minister of Christ is one who was just a poor, lost, needy sinner, but who has been saved by grace and entrusted with a message to the world and to the people of God. He does not receive this because of any merit of his own. It is all because of the goodness of the Lord. Certainly therefore he has nothing to be proud of.
When people used to crowd around George Whitfield and praise him because of his marvelous preaching, he would stop them like this: "The devil told me that just before I came down from the pulpit." Then he would add, "There are many who can preach the gospel better than I can, but none can preach a better gospel." It is the message that counts. The servant is really nothing, and the more we realize this and are willing to take the place of nothingness, the more God delights to come in and work through His servants. (H.A. Ironside)
N.J. Hiebert # 3689