Returning to Your Failure
But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master,
we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will
let down the net.” (Luke 5:5)
No one knows how to help you in your times of
failure as Jesus does! He will not overlook your shortcoming or simply
encourage you to do better the next time. He will give you victory in the midst
of your failure.
Peter had fished all night without success. His was
not just a meager catch; he had caught nothing, even though he was a skilled
fisherman. Jesus could have said, “Peter, don’t worry about your empty net.
You’ll soon be in a different business anyway.” Instead, Jesus told him to
launch out into the deep and to cast out his nets for a catch. How humbling it
must have been for Peter! Here was a carpenter telling this outspoken fisherman
how to fish!
Jesus often gets your undivided attention when you
fail. He sometimes takes you back to your place of defeat in order to build
something good into your life. You may assume He must not want you to continue
because you failed so miserably in your attempt. Perhaps your problem was that
you relied on your own strength instead of the Master’s. Maybe you failed in a
relationship. Jesus will not allow you to abandon it; He will help you learn
from your failure and experience the difference He can make when He guides your
relationships. When you try in God’s strength you may discover that success is
indeed within your grasp. If you have recently experienced failure, you may be
on the brink of receiving a profound revelation from God!