“‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them, and they said, ‘We’ll go with you.’ So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.”

John 21:3

Going back to what they knew seemed natural for these disciples. Jesus had called them from the fishing trade initially, and when His presence among them was intermittent, they may have been at loose ends. Perhaps returning to what was familiar offered some comfort, if not at least an answer to “Where do we go now?” Yet the full night passed, and their nets were empty.

I too find that after experiencing an uplifting time of being keenly aware of God’s presence, I can struggle with what feels like a letdown, anticlimax, or uncertainty. Going back to life’s routines and structure is helpful. I am learning to accept the ebb and flow of the life of faith, to wait for His appearance and tender care. He has never disappointed me.

I am glad that John finishes the story for us. Jesus called to the disciples, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” They had none, but when they followed His instructions, soon their nets were bursting. And then they recognized the Lord. He met them right where they were and filled them to overflowing.

Scripture Focus

John 21:1-14


“A bad day doesn’t mean God’s hand is against you. It might be His way of showing He is for you.” (Courtney Reissig, 2017)

Bible In A Year

  • Joshua 21-22
  • Psalm 107
  • Romans 7-8