Gone Fishing

Have you ever had one of those days, one of those months, or maybe even one of those years where you had given up all hope at achieving your dreams and goals and just wanted to quit? Maybe you’re in a season right now where you just want to throw in the towel.

Well you’re not alone. In John 21, we find the disciples in a similar situation. Let me catch you up on where the disciples are at. They had left their livelihood to follow a man they thought would fulfill their hopes and dreams. For the last three and a half years, they had sold out to this man they thought would be their Messiah. But then they saw their hopes and dreams stripped away from them when Jesus was crucified. They literally watched their dreams die right in front of them. After this sudden turn of events, this is what John records “Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. ” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.” (John 21:3-14 NKJV)

The disciples had given up all hope and had gone back to the place where Jesus had called them out of. They had given up on themselves, but Jesus hadn’t given up on them. He met them right where they were at.

If you find yourself in a place where you want to give up all hope and are about to throw in the towel or when you find yourself in a place like the disciples, take heart that Jesus will meet you right where you are. He won’t give up on you. He will never leave you. He won’t forsake you.

  1. What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
  2. Do you find yourself in a place where you want to throw in the towel?
  3. Don’t give up on God because He will never give up on you.
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