A Word from Jesus… to Someone Who Is Ready to Give Up

To someone who is ready to give upThen he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. (John 21:6)

They had been fishing all night long. As the hours progressed, they each grew tired and discouraged. They had bills to pay and mouths to feed. Yet, not a single fish was caught in their large net.

As the morning dawned, a stranger called out from ashore: “Fellows, have you caught any fish”.

Their hearts sank as they admitted their unsuccessful trip.

Cast the net on the other side,” He said.

As John realized it was the Lord who had asked, excitement built up in their hearts.

And fish flooded their net.

Have you ever noticed that when Jesus told his discouraged disciples to cast their nets again, it was right at the same old place where they had caught nothing all night long?

The same seems to happen with us when we find ourselves in the same barren place for a long time.

It could be a disease that lingers… Or a relationship that is deteriorating…

It could be long-term unemployment… Or an emotional wound that won’t heal…

If we could just get off to a brand new place when we get discouraged, casting our nets again would be an easier thing to do!

If we could be a different person, or go somewhere different, or do something different, it might not be so hard to have fresh faith and new encouragement.

But it is the same old net that caught nothing all night long… in the same empty sea.

Old temptations call to be overcome… old relationships call to be healed… old trials and valleys which we faced yesterday and the day before, call to be faced today. O.n.c.e. A.g.a.i.n.

When Jesus found the disciples failing in their nightlong fishing trip, He could have told them to take up their nets and follow Him to a new, bountiful area of the sea.

But He didn’t.

Instead, He told them to win success exactly where they were.

They could have argued with Him. After all, these were professional fishermen! They knew the sea like no one else. “Jesus, you don’t understand – we know what we are doing here,” they may have been tempted to say.

Instead, they moved their nets, only seven feet across the width of the boat, and cast it on the other side.

And as their weary hands obeyed the Master, the bounty came forth.

Do you feel discouraged today, my friend?

Is it the same boat, the same spot, the same fishing technique, over and over again for months, perhaps years?

Remember: If you are in the center of God’s will, walking in obedience with Him, you are where God wants you to be. The circumstances you are in may be uncomfortable, and you may be ready to move on to a better fishing spot. However, unless the Master calls you to move from where you are…


He is working a fruit eternal in your life.

He is molding you as you cast your net over and over again.

He is strengthening you as you choose to trust Him, even though you are tired and weary.

In the process of waiting for His deliverance and provision to come, keep on searching for the Stranger in the shore.

Allow His gentle hands to sand the rough edges of your attitude. Keep reading His Instructions Manual each day.

Keep calling out to Him for deliverance and peace. And by all means, don’t be shy! Tell Him exactly how you feel on this barren, lonely place.

He is listening.

And when you feel too tired to go on, remember this: It is the Master Himself, who, after your toilsome, disheartening failures, keeps calling out to you:

“Try again!”

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18


Patricia Holbrook

Patricia Holbrook is the President of Soaring with Him Ministries, author, columnist, blogger and International speaker. Her passion is to encourage her audience to "soar above life's circumstances" by the power of God's Word and the Holy Spirit's guidance. She writes about making beauty out of brokenness, trusting God in the dark, the blessings of obedience and her love for the Savior. Among other places, you can find her writing weekly on her blog, www.soaringwithHim.com. on her weekend column for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, on the iDisciple app, and websites such as Internet Devotions Cafe, among others. She writes in between car lines, homeschool lessons, tears and laughter. She lives in Georgia with her husband Steve, their two daughters and their miniature Schnauzer Jingle Bells.

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  1. He is calling me to try again. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I am so glad, Karen. Remain with Jesus. He is faithful!! Blessings,

  3. Thank you Patricia for your devotional! I do need and want the closeness with Jesus each day to remind me to keep going, and knowing He is always with me to get me through anything each day. Thank you again Patricia for the encouragement! 🙂 🌷


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