When striving is of no avail

“But they didn’t catch anything that night.” John 21:3

The disciples, including the great fisherman Peter, toiled all night, but still caught nothing. Based on experience, one could assume that they probably still caught something, but that night they really didn’t catch anything. There is a lesson in this for all of us.

Sometimes Yahweh lets us fight. He wants to teach us that despite our skills and experience, some problems cannot be solved by planning, sticking to a budget and putting in effort. These problems will be solved, but: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.” (Zechariah 4:6).

If you’re ready to give up on your pursuit because the old methods aren’t working anymore, there are two things you should keep in mind:

God is closer than you think! Notice: “But at dawn Jesus stood on the shore” (John 21:4). Despite the restlessness, despite the experiences with those who have offended or hurt you, despite the irritation and futile efforts, Yeshua is still close. He is much closer than you think! David said: “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Ps 30: 5). Did you hear? Joy is on the way, don’t lose hope!

The Lord is there even when you cannot see Him! When morning dawned, they saw Yeshua on the beach. It wasn’t that Yeshua couldn’t reach them. No, He didn’t need to be in the middle of the striving to speak to them and save them.

Hold on, Yahweh is working in your favor! When the morning comes, you will see Him as you have never seen Him before and you will understand what you have not understood before.

Bob & Debby Gass “Word for Today”