With the help of hindsight, it is easy to consider the disciples pretty ignorant and foolish in light of verse 4. Jesus was standing on the shore, literally calling out to them, and yet they didn’t recognise Him. As we can see, as they listened and obeyed, ultimately He had the answer not only to their fishing woes, but the answer to the bigger picture – what were their lives all about.
If I’m honest, too many times Jesus has been calling out to me and I haven’t recognised Him. I’ve kept looking for answers in and of myself, and unlike the disciples, I’ve ignored His good advice when told to throw the net “on the right side of the boat”. Whatever my circumstance and whatever my trouble, the answer is found in Christ. I need to be continually and intentionally on the look out for Him, with my ears and heart wide open to what He’s saying.
Lord, help me to see You in the midst of my life. Help me to hear Your voice, both when it’s a shout and when it’s a whisper. Let me be fully surrendered to You. Help me to become a man who always finds his answers in You.
Written by Matt Samperi