Chapter 7, (last chapter in my little GOD book, 'Triangles, Compasses & GOD'
Not Going Back to Fishing....*like Peter did?!?
“… Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberius. Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of his were together. Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already very early morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
So Jesus said to them, “Children, you don’t have any fish, do you? They replied, “No.” He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they threw the net, and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish…”
A good friend we will call Charlie (because that’s his name) recently led me to these verses for a completely other reason than I am presenting here. Charlie’s thought and lesson was a good learning, but I went in a big-time completely different direction with it.
It is one of the beautiful things about God, the bible and His Word – it teaches us all different things at different times. At different times we can take a completely different message from the same passage.
This God of mine (ours) knows what He is doing huh? It is like magic how that happens; actually I guess it is just Godly. Again I am OK with not understanding, He is God.
So back to the point here. What this scripture speaks to me is how easily it is to go back to where you were before God/Jesus entered our lives. Maybe we are not or were not immediately changed. It is where I connect with the phrasing of ‘what happens’ to us as being Born Again.
When we accept and begin that relationship, we begin learning all over again (as if we were just born). The real learning is yet to come.
In this scripture, Peter and others after Jesus’ departure decide to ‘go fishing’. Now it may not be what scholars think about this scripture but for me, it is powerfully making the point that we have to be careful not to just return to our old ways without Him.
Without Him they went fishing in their old ways and caught nothing. When He came back into their lives, they caught more fish than they could even handle…
It is so representative to me in regards to what we all do to some degree in much of our daily living. We can be one minute relating closely to God only to turn in the next moment and do some sinful thing (or maybe just attempt something on our own without involving Him). Maybe akin to how some people go to church every Sunday but come Monday revert to un-Christ like ways. They went back to fishing!
This is our challenge; to not only believe and agree as to how we should live our lives - but to do it! How do we truly change, how do we know we have? I guess the only best answer is that we constantly work on that relationship with Jesus Christ every minute, every hour of every day. Maybe we involve others to hold us accountable.
It seems amazing to me how these key figures from the bible and of Jesus’ Walk even struggled with ‘going back to…’. Just as amazing was how those living/existing with God in the Old Testament days even struggled to remain focused in their faith and GOD WAS THERE! Think about how challenging this is/will be for all of us. JESUS WAS ACTUALLY THERE and they still went back to fishing.
They ‘saw’ Him, knew Him, listened to Him, promised to Him and followed Him. But as soon as he ‘poof’ goes to where God and Jesus exist, Peter and others return to their old ways of living life.
How much harder is it now when we are to just ‘believe’ and through our faith lead a Walk like Jesus modeled and God taught us?
How are you doing….......... It’s your path to choose; others may walk it with you. No one can walk it for YOU.
Some Qs for all of us:
Peter answered Him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Matthew 26:33