I scanned through my jotted points and found this that I had begun to draft on 19 November 🙂 Feeling led to continue on this.. let’s see what God is going to reveal! Getting a tad excited here I must admit as He pulled me away from a major project (of a hearts passion) that I’m working on and got my attention to this!
So.. I have seen these particular verses popping up everywhere time to time.
“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. – John 21:3-6
Interestingly, the catch wasn’t from a different boat.. it was from the same boat and at the same location. They were there all night but couldn’t catch anything. However, after the bleak night came to an end, and upon welcoming the next day, early in the morning they saw Jesus. Yes, they saw Him but didn’t recognise even though Jesus had already appeared to them.
Another thought is that as Jesus told them to throw their net on the right side, they did! I mean, come on… what would you have done in that situation? I would have for sure knowing myself, retorted saying, “I have been here ALL night and I haven’t caught a thing, and you are just appearing from nowhere, asking me to throw it on the right side?!’ Besides, that ‘advice’ was from a stranger – well if you don’t recognise the person it’s literally the same as a stranger right!
Yet despite all that, the disciples did follow what they heard! It’s at the incredibly large catch that they couldn’t even haul the net in that John realised it was Jesus. Yes as usual the emotional Peter jumped out to action without stopping at words, and the others followed.
So there are times that God will speak to us over a situation that seems ‘dead’… a situation where you want to just quit and walk away from. Just imagine if the disciples had left thinking it was a ‘bad night’! Imagine if they hadn’t hung around till ‘early morning’?
Just at the turn of the night into day Jesus appeared. I was going to write ‘brand new day’ and then I realised it wasn’t a brand new day as God defines a day as first evening and then morning. We see God declaring each day by day of the week at the beginning of creation. It starts with REST in HIM (night) and then it is followed by DOING (day) as He leads… that’s ONE day.. It’s not the way we do it today – work work work and then rest…
So as the ‘RESTING’ and not being able to get anywhere came to an end, then Jesus divinely intervened.. and boy did He intervene.
Of course this whole incident did have a prophetic / symbolic message to it – they were called to be fishers of men. After Jesus’ death on the cross each one had fallen away and gone back to where they were prior to the calling.. and here Jesus is showing that they will indeed be able to bring in many souls to the Kingdom even right where they were. Yet, there may also be a Rhema word (a spoken word) for us to our present circumstances – and if there is, we will know it as we will feel our Spirit quicken.
Is God impressing your heart right now with any situation that you thought dead or impossible? Truly seek His heart and voice right now, asking for clarity for what the Spirit is leading you to and what your flesh is distracting you to!
Wait upon God and hear from HIM clearly whether the situation is indeed ‘dead’.. that you need to walk away.. or whether it’s a “RESTING in HIM” time or whether it’s “DOING as HE LEADS” time – in the very same scenario that you had lost hope in. When He steps in, He surely steps in.. and He gets the glory. Remember the dead bones that came alive?? Yes, is it time for LIFE, for REAPING, for the BLESSINGS? For more than we could ever dream of or imagine in a particular situation?
When God wants to give us something according to His perfect plan, He will enable it at His time in His way – even if it’s from the very scenario that appears dead and pointless!! Don’t try to search greener pastures unless He is behind it!