Yes, The Day of Your Disappoint Can Also Be the Day of Your Victory. Of course, it is common for all of us to go through times of disappointment and despair. Being a believer in Christ does not exempt one from going through difficult times; in fact, Believers, actually, go through more difficult times than non-believers.
However, believers might find it easier to cope with those times as they have the Word of God with them and the Spirit of the LORD at their side to strengthen them; eventually things might turn out to be better.
Yes, I am saying this from my own experience, I too had my share of hard times but, I have come out of them unscathed because of God’s Grace in my life. Those difficult times have strengthened my spiritual muscles and filled my heart with more hope in the redeeming power of Christ.
Of course; some of you might think – Oh, it is not that easy as you say; yes, I do agree with your thinking; may be your experience is a bit different from mine. However, there are enough examples in the Holy Scriptures that encourage us to think more positively than what our experience has taught us. In this article, I am going to examine one of those examples.
As you know Apostle Peter was the most favored among the disciples; he was the one that Lord Jesus chose to take the leadership of His earthly ministry after His departure. In fact, Lord Jesus saw in Peter something that even he, himself, did not see.
Although Peter was just an ordinary, illiterate fisherman, Christ still chose him first to be His disciple. Though Peter fell from grace on several occasions; still Lord Jesus re-instated him into His Ministry as the Leader.
But, in between Apostle Peter went through a lot of inner struggles and challenges. He had his days of despair and disappointments.
Even the day Peter was called into the ministry of Christ was a day of disappointment; He and his brother were fishing by the lake of Gennesaret. The whole night they were working hard but got nothing. It was a day of utter disappointment.
As you know, fishermen are poor and they often survive on what they get each day. So, each day they go into the sea with great hope and sometimes come back with nothing.
This often happens and the day Peter met Christ was one of such days. Anyway, after preaching, Jesus comes closer to Peter and asks him to put out the net for a catch; since Lord Jesus had already seen Peter’s situation, He decides to help him out. Please read the verses below.
4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5, 4-5)
Yes, as you see above, Peter decides to obey the instruction of Christ and put the net into the sea for a catch; and the result was amazing; Peter could not believe his own eyes; the obedience of Peter brought him a net full of fish which neither him nor his companions could carry ashore; in fact, the boats started even to sink.
6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. (Luke 5, 6-7)
Well, now, for Peter, a day of utter disappointment turned out to be a day of Supernatural Miracles which even convicted him of his sinful nature. As the verses below say; Peter could not even stay in the presence of Christ and finally he had to kneel down before Christ and ask Him to leave the scene.
8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, (Luke 5, 8-9)
But Lord Jesus had other plans; He invites Peter into His ministry and he gladly accepts the invitation. Immediately Peter left everything behind and followed Christ.
10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5, 10-11)
I think, now you might be getting a better picture of what I am trying to say. The day that Peter was invited into Christ’s ministry was a day of utter despair and disappointment. In other words; Peter was chosen for a glorious job on a day that was filled with hopelessness.
As you read above; Christ appears into Peter’s life and changes it upside down; instead of catching fish, he started to assist the Son of God to bring people into the Kingdom of God; what a marvelous transformation.
However, this transformation was only a beginning; in fact, the beginning of a journey that would last the whole eternity; yet on the way, Peter still had to encounter difficulties; actually, it was not a smooth journey.
As we read above, Apostle Peter accepts the invitation of Christ and begins to work for the Kingdom of God. When Peter entered into the ministry of Christ, like any of us, had great expectations; he was trying to build a future trusting Christ.
Peter thought, since Christ was someone with supernatural powers, He might re-establish the Kingdom of Israel and become its King; and possibly he could also be someone prominent in the new Kingdom of Israel under the rule of Christ.
With this goal in his mind, Peter worked hard, he devoted all his time for the Ministry. But contrary to his expectations, events in the Ministry of Christ took a different turn. After three years of Public Ministry, Christ started facing more opposition from the Jewish leaders than ever before and finally it culminated in His arrest and crucifixion.
Now, all the dreams that Peter had about his future appeared to be impossible to fulfill. Peter became hopeless and aimless; actually, he left everything and followed Jesus, but now he has nothing; no career, no future and no family. At one point, Peter was even willing to deny his Master.
Finally, after the burial of Jesus, Peter decides to go back to his old job of fishing as he found nothing else to hope for in life except catching fish and feeding himself. However, returning to his old job of fishing did not bring an end to his despair and disappointment.
One day Peter and his companions were fishing by the sea of Tiberias; but though they worked the whole night, could not catch anything; their nets were empty and their hearts were gloomy; another day of disappointment.
1After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. (John 21, 1-3)
However, Lord Jesus did not intend to let that day be a day of despair and disappointment for Peter. He decides to choose that very day to bring hope and joy into Peter’s life. He appears to Peter and his companions by the sea of Tiberias and fills their nets with a huge catch.
4Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. (John 21, 4-6)
The miraculous catch of the fish opened their eyes and they realized that Lord Jesus is right in front of them. They saw Him preparing a breakfast and later invited them to eat with Him. Anyway, after the breakfast. Jesus begins a very close and personal conversation with Peter and at the end of it; He re-instated Peter as the Leader of His earthly Ministry.
Though, other disciples were present with Christ at that moment; Jesus asks only Peter to feed His sheep; He asks only Peter to take care of His lambs.
So, Peter was restored into the Ministry which he abandoned for fishing. All the despair and disappoint that invaded Peter’s heart, since the crucifixion of Christ, vanished like mist. Also, please remember: it happened on a day that was filled with hopelessness and pain.
I think I don’t need to tell you rest of the story; if you read the book of Acts, you will get a complete picture of it. As you know, Peter became the Most Prominent Leader of Christ’s Ministry on earth; just as he hoped when he left everything and followed Christ by the lake of Gennesaret.
Well, this is the story of Apostle Peter; but what we, Believers in Christ, can learn from it?
Saints, as you know, good times and bad times are part of life and every human being on the face of the earth go through them.
In this journey of life both despair and disappoints appear as our companions at certain junctions; but they do not stay with us throughout the whole journey; they might, indeed, disappear on the way as many of you might have already experienced.
As believers in Christ, we should have a better understanding of these issues as the Holy Bible is full of examples that we can learn from.
If we examine the life of Christ; we could find that; He too had times that were filled with difficulties. On the one hand, He was trying to clean up the Jewish religious system, on the other hand; He was also facing very stiff opposition from the religious lobby who wanted to retain those deep-rooted corrupted practices in Jewish society.
For Jesus, after He started His Public Ministry, harassments and attacks by the religious leaders of the day were a daily occurrence. However, in the midst of all these challenges Lord Jesus pressed on ahead until He reached His goal of providing redemption for mankind.
Similarly, we, believers in Christ, too should press on until we reach our final destination. We should not let despair and disappointments to discourage us from moving ahead. And also, we should not be quick to make negative conclusions on the basis of difficulties that we encounter on the way.
In Peter’s case, of course this was true, after the death of Christ, he concluded that the Ministry of Jesus could not survive any more and hence decides to go back to fishing. But God’s plan was different and at the end, Lord Jesus comes and restores Him into the Ministry.
Saints, like Peter, Christ called us into His kingdom with a definite plan and purpose and nothing under the sun can prevent us from fulfilling that calling. We will definitely be in that plan as long as we are willing to listen to the voice of Christ and follow Him where He leads. Of course, on the way there will be times of despair and disappointment.
At times, like Peter, you too might find, despite investing a lot of time and effort, everything turning out to be fruitless. But that is not the end of the story; the difficulties that you face might be temporary and at the end of the day The LORD will restore you to a higher position than that you have ever imagined.
Furthermore, that elevation may occur on a day that you least expect; it might be even on a day of extreme disappointment.
So, do not give up hope; The One who called you is faithful and He will restore everything that you have lost and the verses below confirm this fact.
27Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
28Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife e or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. (Matthew 19, 27-30)
Remember: “Sun rises each day from the bosom of Darkness”