And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
Peter had toiled all night for fish without success. Peter was a skilled fisherman. He had been in that business for a very long time. But this fateful night, he did not catch fish. Sometimes, we have challenges that defy our human wisdom, knowledge and intelligence. Many people might see Peter that morning and tell him 1001 things he might have or have not done. Who knows, Peter’s former apprentice might have fished in that same water and caught some fish. Peter was unsuccessful and it must have caused him shame and disappointment.
There are times when we seem to be impotent about situations. We might have done our best to make some money, make a good living, make your marriage work, e.t.c. yet your best might have failed to yield result. Beloved all hope is not lost.
When Peter thought all hope was lost, Jesus stepped in. Jesus was the factor that changed the course of the sequence of failure. When Jesus steps into your boat, your success will dwarf your failures. But notice, Jesus asked for Peter’s empty boat. Peter’s empty boat was his proof of failure, ill-luck, and disappointment that morning. It was an evidence of his frustration. Yet Jesus asked for it. Jesus is asking for your shattered and failed life today. He want to make the best out of your worst. He want to make a success out of your sorrows. But many of us still want to be masters of our of our empty boats.
Friend, I counsel you, Give it all up! Forget about your sorrows. Give your life in service and worship to God. When you lead your life what do you have to show for it? Give it all back to God. Let him use you to reach the world. Someone may be sorrowful for being sacked from office. Rather than idling at home use that time for evangelism now. Throw yourself on God. Say to him, I may not be where I want to be but Lord, I’m at your service. What will you have me do? Improve your fellowship and sharpen your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Then at His word, cast your net again. Those you fruitless efforts shall receive fruitfulness this time and those that laughed at you will come to celebrate you. Today is your day. Its time for your testimony
Thank You Father for turning my sorrow to joy
Thank you Father for stepping into my situation
Father I repent of running my life by myself
Father I hand over my empty boat to you, use me for your glory
Father use my life to manifest you grace and glory
Father let my miracle overshadow all my disappointments and failures
Father you turned Peter’s failure to testimony, turn my failure to testimony today
Father do something great in my life that will bring unusual praise to your name