We all want to quit sometimes (some more than others). If that’s you, you’re in good company. In essence that’s what Peter and a bunch of Jesus’ disciples did after Jesus’ crucifixion before His resurrection in John 21:

“Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’

‘We’ll come, too,’ they all said. So they went out in the boat…”

— John 21:3 NLT —

This scene is more than just bored Peter looking for something to do. This is Peter throwing in the towel in this “discipleship program.” Another translation of John 21:3 might be,

“‘Forget that!’ Peter said, ‘I’m done with this whole discipleship thing. I’m going back to what I’m good at — fishing!’”

Be forewarned: when (not if) following Jesus doesn’t go as planned, you’ll be tempted to go back to what you know. I get it. You were good at _____________, and this whole “walking by faith thing” is exhausting and a bit frightening.

As the story continues, the second half of the verse is both comical and gracious:

“…but they caught nothing all night.”

— John 21:3 NLT —

It’s comical because they failed at what they thought they were good at, and it’s gracious for the same reason. I believe God in His grace will allow turbulence to hit when you’re straying from your calling. That God-given turbulence functions as the rumble strips that alert you to danger as your start to veer off course.

Before you abandon your calling and go fishing (or whatever you’re tempted to run back to), ask God for the strength and perseverance you need to stay faithful right where you are!

K E V I N • M I L L E R

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