Friday: April 17, 2020
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
Peter made his intentions clear to the Apostles in his company, he was going back to what he knew best, fishing. And we cannot really blame him for this was the situation on ground: what he had hoped for, what he had been promised by Jesus was to become a fisher of men if he followed. But here he stood in limbo since the one who made the promise was nowhere to be found. Therefore, he resolved to return to his old way of life, notably, this was not a bad one since he returned to his profession. A rather easy transition because no new skill set was required.
When we also seem to be making no progress at all in any venture: a new business, a new attitude or no signs that the promise of a better future is near at hand, we are faced with a decision to make. To keep looking forward or to return to how things were. It’s as though we stand at a transit point on our travel where we can board a flight back home or an onward one to a destination with promise and prospects yet unknown.
Regardless of our choice, we will realise that the maker of these promises comes to fulfil them. Jesus went after the Apostles even when they had returned to their old jobs and recruited them once more for his kingdom. Sweetheart, there is always going to be two cords pulling at us – one from behind and one from in front- the past and the future. In whichever direction you drop you body weight, it makes it easier to be pulled that way.
My dear, you already know the past because you have experienced it, you know about the present because you are living it; but the future, is a ‘prospect or promise’. What can be and what has been spoken by God concerning that future has to be experienced. For that, you have to be available and ready for it. Even if you took a step back, you ought to be willing to take two forward when the promise keeper comes knocking.