John 21.5-6 cont.
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.
A little while ago I saw a photograph of what I assumed was a sunset. It was a beautiful setting with crimson clouds set against a golden sunset. That is what I thought I was seeing. The reality was that it was the sunrise.
It made me think that my mind set was to automatically see a sunset, which would be followed by the darkness of night, instead of considering the sunrise, which is followed by the light of the day.
Peter was thinking in much the same way. For him the labours of the night would be followed by the inactivity of the day, a time when no fish would be caught.
He had not considered that with Jesus there comes a different way of looking at things.
In a similar incident in Luke’s gospel Peter told Jesus that they had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. However, he went on to say to Jesus that if He said go out where it is deeper he would do so. That obedience to the unexpected command of Jesus also led them to a tremendous haul of fish. It was so great that they had to call on the other boats to help them land the catch of fish (Luke 5.1-11).
We all have a tendency to see the negative side of things. This is because sin has penetrated our DNA, and sin thinks the worst. Human nature tends to see the negative side of things, instead of the positive, faith filled things.
Listening to Jesus and believing what He says removes from us the darkness of the negative, replacing it with His positive light.
The disciples chose to believe the words of Jesus to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. It was a choice that led to a far greater haul of fish than they would normally expect.
Let the words of Jesus filter out the negative thoughts of our minds so that faith can arise within us. As we do we will experience blessings from Him that are beyond our imagination.