Throw Your Net on the Other Side

Jesus’ earthly ministry had two Scriptural bookends comprised of boats, fish, nets, His disciples, and the power of His spoken word! He promised that His people would recognize His voice and therefore would be able to follow Him. Let’s rewind to the beginning of Christ calling His disciples. Luke 5:1-9 tells us that Jesus was teaching a crowd beside the waters of Lake Gennesaret. He asked Peter to use his boat to put out a little from the shore in order to more effectively teach the people standing on the shore. When He finished speaking, He implored Peter to go into deeper waters and let down the nets for a catch. Peter replied that he and the others had worked hard all night and did not catch anything.

Have you ever had that happen? Someone has a bright idea, seemingly not knowing that you already tried that. Oh! Not to mention, nothing came of it; nothing to show for it. Frustrating, isn’t it? What Peter continues with is the key that unlocked success. Peter, after explaining, “Been there, done that” the night before answers Jesus’ word simply by saying, “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Unsure of the results, he trusted Jesus! The account says that they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break and the fish filled two boats!

Now fast-forward to the 40 days before Jesus ascended to the Father after His crucifixion. During one of Jesus’ visitations to His disciples, we find them fishing once again and once again rocking their world with a word for their situation!  John chapter 21 tells us that Peter and other disciples fished all night long and caught nothing. Stop me if you’ve heard this before! Standing on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus calls out to them, “Did ya catch anything?” They replied, “Nope!” To that the Shepherd of their souls said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” And find some they did! Once again a huge haul!

When we are struggling, working hard perhaps but not having anything to show for it; we need Jesus to speak! We need Him to direct us. We need Him to tell us to do something differently, on the other side, or at a different time. Once He does, we need to follow and obey. Speak Lord!