Gone Fishing

Simon Peter said to them, 'I'm going fishing.' They told him, 'We are also coming with you.' They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. John 21:3 WEB

Earlier that evening, Peter told Jesus: 'If I must die with you, I will not deny You' (Mark 14:31). Then that night, Peter cursed, swore, and denied that he even knew Jesus three times (Mark 14:71). Peter had failed the Lord Jesus and done the exact opposite of what he had promised Him. After weeping, sulking, and waiting a while, Peter then returned to his old way of life and what he did before he met Jesus: fishing. Peter thought that Jesus was done with him, that he had finally wrecked God's plan for his life.

Peter's bluster was an example of typical human thinking. We make God big promises, fail to keep them, then feel like we are a failure and that God is mad at us. We tend to go back to our old lifestyle like a washed pig to the mud. We begin to beat our ourselves up and tell ourselves: 'I can't do this. I am no good at it. I gave it my best, and look at what that got me. I was better off before.'

We return to our old life, our old ways, and soon settle into a rut. See, when you fail in a performance-based relationship, it is hard to get back up. After you stumble in some act that you think is sinful, you tend to hide yourself from God like Adam did. It has been that way for thousands of years. The enemy will climb on your back like you are a pony and ride you around constantly reminding you: 'God is mad at you! You are finished! He knows what you did! You better not go back to that church!' So we hide in shame.

All of this is only a trick of satan to keep you beaten down, weak, powerless, and defeated. Proverbs 24:16 says that the righteous get up, even if they fall seven times. God is not mad at you when you fall. Our relationship with God is not about our performance, it is about love. He is our Father. He loves us, we love Him, and love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

While Peter was busy making promises, Jesus already knew that Peter would deny Him and said: 'When you have turned again, strengthen your brothers' (Luke 22:32). The angel in the tomb told the women who came there: 'Go tell His disciples'and Peter' (Mark 16:7). See Peter was not to be left out because of his failures. Peter was always a part of the family.

It is ok to fail, to fall, to stumble, to return to your old ways, but do not stay there. Get back up. Jesus restored Peter and He was never mad at him to begin with. Jesus understood what Peter went through because He was one of us (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus understands, just don't give up. You are going to make it, as long as you don't give up. The only one that can stop you from fulfilling your destiny, is you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for being there for me. Draw my heart to You, consume me Lord and fill me with Your presence. Lead me out of the darkness and help me to see Your path clearly. God have mercy on me, a sinner, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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