Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Right Side of the Boat

"Simon Peter said, 'I’m going fishing.'

'We’ll come, too,' they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.

At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who He was. He called out, 'Fellows, have you caught any fish?'

'No,' they replied.

Then He said, 'Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!' So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it."
John 21:3-6 NLT

Have you ever felt like Peter? He thought that his life was at a stand still. He had followed Jesus for three years. He had big plans. Then on a cross outside of Jerusalem his big plans crashed. Jesus was dead.

Peter went back to what he knew best, fishing. But in spite of his years of knowledge, effort and hope, he and his friends caught nothing. Maybe that's where you are today. You're giving it the best you know how, but all of your self effort is getting you nowhere.

Then enters Jesus. He calls out to Peter and his friends. He steps into their need. He tells them how to do it. Fish on the right side. When they did as He told them, they were overwhelmed with blessing!

What area of your life are you "fishing" and getting nowhere? You don't have to go it alone or keep failing. Listen to Jesus. He's calling to you. Do you hear Him?

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,' says the Lord. 'I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.'" Jeremiah 29:11-14 NLT

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