Our Toiling Is Not In Vain If We Are Willing To Try One More Time
Can we move past the disappointment to trust God?
As long as we are on this earth, we will experience days and nights . It was God's intent from the very beginning for our days to be greater than our nights (Genesis 1:16) as He created the greater light to rule the day , and the lesser light to rule the night .
In the context of this article, day is used to represent those times when things are going right and all is well in our lives, and night is used to represent those dark days when nothing seems to go right; no matter how hard we try.
Yet, despite our best efforts, we will encounter those unpleasant experiences called night as in Luke 5:5 where four fishermen had been toiling all night fishing and caught nothing!
How discouraging and disappointing night can be! The labor and effort of these men seemed long and far greater than the results. It would have been so easy to focus on the circumstances and give in to defeat. However, it's during these night times in our lives that we can take comfort in knowing that "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." (Psalm 30:5b)
We have so many reasons to be thankful for the morning! In John 21:4, "But when the morning was now come" Jesus told Simon to "launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught."(Luke 5:4b) In the latter part of verse 5 we see that Simon obliged Jesus out of respect for Him and obediently let down the net (not nets as Jesus had instructed).
As a result of Simon's reluctant obedience, the fishermen were able to fill up two boats with so much fish that their boats began to sink. Suddenly night changed to day, and disappointment changed to overflow! Jesus did not allow Simon's reluctance to block the miracle that only He was able to perform for Simon and the other fishermen. Could it be that Jesus, in His humanity, empathized with Simon's disappointment and discouragement?
During our seasons of night, it is important to remain open and obedient to the voice of God as He instructs us on how to transition from night to day.
Despise not the night (no matter how difficult or challenging); rather consider night as the precursor to day. We will have nights as long as we're on this earth.
So when we find ourselves asking the questions: Why didn't things work out the way we had planned for them? Why did we have to work so hard and so long just to end up empty-handed? Why is this happening? Why didn't our hard work pay off for us? What do we do now?
My advice is to:
- Stay the course even when nothing appears to be happening.
- Be patient.
- Be obedient.
- Be willing to try again.