“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 for fish instead of fishing for men. 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. He becomes silent for a moment, and we are left with the choice to busy ourselves with our own fruitless efforts or to wait quietly for His next command. Instead of working exhaustingly in their own strength, the disciples could have gotten a good night’s sleep, hopped into 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 it’s never early. His divine door opens right in the nick of time, right when we need it to. 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 and rest 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.