Too Busy to Wait
“Then he said, ‘Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!’ So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it” (John 21.6 NLT).
After Jesus died, many of His closest disciples went back to the familiarity of life before ministry. They experienced the death of their beloved Messiah and tried in vain to reestablish their purpose in fishing. They fished all night without any yield from their vigorous labor. However, one command from their resurrected Savior the next morning caused a single cast of their nets to bring forth a bounty. Many times God tests our faithfulness to Him. His will becomes silent, and we are left with the choice to busy ourselves with our own fruitless efforts to push His agenda or to wait quietly for His next command. I believe the disciples could have gotten a good night’s sleep, hopped in their boat at daybreak and received Jesus’ blessing of abundance just before they threw out their first cast. God’s timing is never late and never early; rather, His divine door opens right in the nick of time. So instead of spinning our wheels until we finally hear Jesus give us our next step of faith, we should wait patiently at His feet with an unshakeable trust that He will certainly come through for us.
“Waiting for a vision that ‘tarries’ is the true test of our faithfulness to God. It is at the risk of our own soul’s welfare that we get caught up in the practical busy-work, only to miss the fulfillment of the vision.” – Oswald Chambers: My Utmost for His Highest. March 11