I go about my work oblivious of Jesus. I don’t think He is around. I feel abandoned. Where is Jesus I think?
What to do? Throw myself into work. Take my mind off of things. Work is good for that. It doesn’t always lead to something productive. I catch no fish. There are no great results in working with obeying my Master. Jesus wants to know if I caught anything. Nope, I must admit.
After this, Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Tiberias Sea (the Sea of Galilee). This is how he did it: Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the brothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.”
The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him.
Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?”
They answered, “No.”
He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.”
They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.
It was time for Jesus to take over the situation, just as He did when He called Peter into discipleship. He told them where to cast the net; they obeyed, and they caught 153 fish!
The difference between success and failure was the width of the ship! We are never far from success when we permit Jesus to give the orders, and we are usually closer to success than we realize.
Jesus doesn’t abandon me even though I may not see Him. When I obey Jesus, life is good. I need to learn this. I need to see what it is like when I listen and obey. The results from obedience is something amazing.
Jesus calls on us to be fishers of men. Now we can understand why Jesus had so many fishermen in the disciple band.
Fishermen know how to work. They have courage and faith to go out “into the deep.” They have much patience and persistence, and they will not quit.
They know how to cooperate with one another, and they are skilled in using the equipment and the boat. What examples for us to follow as we seek to “catch fish” for Jesus the Messiah!