Sitting in a swaying boat on a moonlit night, seven men of destiny talked the hours away. The events of the last few years had been nothing less than stupendous. They were first-hand witnesses to the most incredible events in the history of man. They had experienced the highest of highs as every day was an adventure. They were living in the middle of a bestseller.
As they reminisced about the recent past, the memories that should have inspired them with hope now seemed to increase their anxiety. Their confidence, once strong and sure, had now been shattered. The miracles that had taken place in every direction of their fisher’s boat now appeared so far away. They were certain that their best days were behind them.
What is it about the thinking process of man that leads him to forget so quickly all of the evidence of divine favor and blessing? What is it about man that causes his faith to waver at the very time when faith is most needed?
We too have seen first-hand the incredible move of God. Our collective memories recall time after time the improbable ways God has blessed us. Accomplishments that were once unimaginable are now all around us. We experienced the highest of highs as every day was an adventure. We lived in the middle of a bestseller.
But now, the prospects for our futures seem dim. Our confidence has been shattered as the realization of impending change settles in. We fear that our best days are behind us. We might as well just go fishing.
All night, as the seven disciples unsuccessfully toiled for fish, there was an eye upon them. Not just any eye but the eye of their Master. From the shore, He commanded them to, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” John 21:6. They complied and instantly they were rewarded for their obedience.
His command to cast the net on the right side was a simple one. It did not include discussion about the quality of the net. There was nothing said about the method of tossing or the speed of pulling. The command was simply, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.”
The right side was the side Jesus was on. The disciple’s success was dependent on putting their efforts on the side where Christ was standing - not the side where He was not. On the side where Christ was standing the disciples, so recently discouraged, now found hope. On the side where Christ was standing the disciples now found victory in place of their defeat.
It’s time for us to cast our nets on the right side of the boat. Looking out on the sea of gloom around us is not the answer - that’s the wrong side. Being consumed by the question “why” is of no profit; that’s the wrong side. Believing that we have been forsaken is inaccurate; that’s the wrong side. Believing that our best days are behind us (which could not be further from the truth) - that’s definitely the wrong side.
Today, Christ is commanding us to cast our net on the right side of the boat. His instructions are simple: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might”. Ecclesiastes 9:10. Let’s continue to work in excellence and intentionality.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”. John 12:32.
Let’s continue to show others that Jesus is the answer for the world today. Above Him there’s no other; Jesus is the Way.
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world”. James 1:27.
Let’s continue to be a people that work tirelessly for the good of others, especially the unfortunate. Christ equated himself with the least and lowliest. Serving others is what we are all about.
I say we get back to work and cast our nets on the right side. Who is with me today?