John 21.1-3 cont.
1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples by the sea of Tiberias, in addition He showed Himself in this way.
2 Simon Peter and Thomas (the one called Didymus, twin) and Nathanael, the one from Cana of Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of Him were together.
3 Simon Peter said to them: “I’m going to fish”. They said to him: “We are also coming with you”. So they went into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
It was perhaps a natural thing for Simon Peter to go fishing, since that was his original trade. James and John were amongst those who joined him, and they also were originally fishermen. We cannot be sure if Andrew (Peter’s brother) was with them.
They faced an uncertain future. They had devoted three years of their life to following Jesus; learning from Him; being inspired by Him; and being equipped by Him to help Him bring in the new age of the Kingdom of God.
They probably did not foresee that it would seemingly end with the crucifixion of their master, although Jesus had spoken about this and His rising again on the third day.
At this point in time, although they were back in Galilee, the future probably looked very uncertain to them. Therefore, it was natural to try and pick up the original trade where they had left it three years ago.
Uncertainty does tend to cause us to look back to more secure times. Many people lose their job through redundancy. Some will look back to a time when things were more secure and try and get back to that place.
At the end of their university course some students return to their parents, the place of security that they knew before going to university.
Sadly, after a relationship failure those involved may return to their last place where they felt secure.
Peter was doing the same kind of thing, returning to what he knew, which was the means of providing for his family.
During our walk with Jesus there will be those occasions when we may feel at a loss as to what we should do.
At such times there may be the temptation to back track to a place that may have been a haven for us, but it may no longer be the place where God wants us to be.
The words of Isaiah the prophet will be beneficial to us in such times:
Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left – Isaiah 30.21 (NLT).