He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” —John 21:6
The disciples were disappointed and discouraged after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. They were in Galilee, and they had gone out for a night’s fishing. They had not caught any fish all night, another disappointment for them. But then, as John describes, Jesus turned everything around for them:
But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. (John 21:4–6)
Already frustrated by their inability to catch anything, some of the disciples were undoubtedly upset when they first heard someone say, ” ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat.’ ” They were seasoned fishermen after all. They did this for a living. But when they pulled up the nets from the other side of the boat, they had so many fish they couldn’t even bring them all in.
Now why did Jesus ask them if they had any food? He wanted them to admit their failure, to acknowledge that they needed His help. We live in a time when nobody wants to admit wrongdoing. We want to blame it on something or someone else, on our circumstances, on a condition or syndrome. Nobody wants to say, “Yes, I am responsible.” It is always the other person who did it. I fail becuse I don’t like his leadership. You will have to fail because of your disobedience. One thing I know is you dress yourself, you party with your own body while your leader is reading, praying and studying the word. Thi is time to take stock of your life and move forward.
But Jesus wanted His disciples to confess their failure, and then He wanted them to obey Him. Well, of course then they pulled up full nets. So what did the disciples did in all this doubts in their minds? The did exactly what they were told. Even though they had some doubts in their hearts. I think our problems are we question God then try to obey. No, brethren you must obey and then think about the questions. We are so bent in our own ways that when truth presents itself it is hard to believe it. Have you ever hear the “proverb” “To obey is better than sacrifice”. Maybe you should think and make some changes.
And we should obey Him, too, even if it seems like the wrong side of the boat.