Friday: 6th April, 2018
Reference text: John 21:1-14
John 21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
Among the list of the seven disciples mentioned in the Gospel today, only four are confirmed in scripture as professional fishermen. Hence the others may or may not have been- so already, there is the possibility of an inadequate team. In addition, the minds of all them were not in the right place following the crucifixion and even the professional fishermen in this team hadn’t gone fishing in three years.
Therefore, clamping together a bunch of ‘lapsed’ professionals and possibly, newbies could not really be of much help to their cause of going to catch fish- much like when a team of misfits are thrown together to work on a project with high expectations to succeed. However, when Jesus stopped by, the composition of the team in place did not matter – only their willingness to follow instructions was put to the test. Therefore, once they were willing to follow, they caught fish.
Often, the causes of many of our frustrations are not because we are unqualified or inadequate, but because we have not received the right information nor made any attempts to follow the instructions we are given. In reality, however non-technical one may be, some devices come with manuals that offer a step by step approach to assembling them. Thus, ideally, there should be no problems posed even to the least technically savvy if only the instructions given are followed.
Beloved, it isn’t always an issue of experience or expertise – sometimes it is just a matter of information and direction. You only need a nudge from the right person in the right direction, and when you are diligent in following, you can be assured of the merits at the end.
Remember # Jesus’ sheep hear his voice and He knows them, and they follow Him (John 10:27)