5 Then Jesus spoke to them: “Boys, have you anything to eat yet?” They replied: “No”.
6 He said to them: “Throw out the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find (some). Then they cast them, and they were unable to draw it in, because of the multitude of fish.
When Jesus called out to His disciples they were about 100 yards from the shore, yet it was close enough for His voice to carry so that they could hear Him and know what He was saying.
In a similar way we must also get close to Jesus if we are going to hear what He is saying to us. One of the greatest obstacles in hearing Jesus is the hectic nature of our life. It is all too easy for us to become so busy that we have little or no time in which to get close to Him. There are many things that might keep us from being still and knowing that He is God.
We all seem to have an amazing ability to find something to do, something that we regard as a priority, and something that takes precedence over drawing close to Jesus and listening to Him.
Yet the command of God is this:
“Be silent, and know that I am God!” – Psalm 46.10 (NLT).
Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you – James 4.8 (NLT).
Today it would be good for us to recognize our need to get close to Jesus so that we can hear what He has to say to us.
Jesus asked His disciples if they had anything to eat, meaning: had they caught any fish.
They were honest in their reply. It was a simple ‘no’.
When Jesus asks us how we are doing, or what are the fruits of our labours for Him, we must also be honest. It is at this point that we may feel guilty especially if we have not seen any fruit as we work for Him. We may have sowed the seed of His word, but not seen a harvest. We may have gone out to be fishers of men, yet caught no one. In these times we must never be afraid to tell Jesus the honest answer, He knows it anyway.
For the disciples such honesty was to lead to a great haul of fish.
Let us remember that if we get close to Jesus He will show us what is the next thing He wants us to do.