“And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.”
Luke 5:11 ESV

Do you ever feel like God is against you? When even your best efforts come to nothing and it seems as though you are supernaturally opposed? If so, you are in good company. After being brutally rejected by the people of Nazareth Peter and his fellow disciples sought to find security in that which they knew best, fishing. But no matter how hard they tried they could not bring in a single fish.

Jesus knew the pain and doubt through which His beloved disciples were passing that night. Touched by their sorrow, He waited for just the right moment to bring hope and further inspire their faith.  But before Christ stepped in to save the day He allowed his disciples to experience total failure at that which they felt most capable.

Finally, after an exhausting night on the lake Jesus opened their eyes through a miraculous catch of fish. Ironically this amazing catch inspired them to leave the fish business behind completely. Jesus didn't need the fish, he loved the men. As they beheld their master's power and love that day they suddenly didn't need the fish either.

Much of the pain we endure in this life is over fish. At times the catch that we think will bring us satisfaction seems perpetually out of reach and God appears indifferent to our struggle. He is not indifferent, he feels our pain. Yet he is too wise to sustain earthly distraction at the expense of our eternal welfare. God will allow us to struggle if that is what it takes for us to realize that this life can not give us what our hearts crave. But the God who allows weeping for a night is also the one who brings joy in the morning.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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