DayBreaks for 4/26/17: There Is a Right Side
Note: Galen is traveling this week.
From the DayBreaks archive, April 2007:
Statistically speaking, most of you reading this are right handed (about 90%). We refer to those who write with their left hand as “using the wrong hand”. Some teachers used to even try to teach lefties to write with their right hand. It is a right-handed world. Think about public telephones. Think about power tools. We drive on the right side of the road (except of course for the British who drive on the “wrong” side of the road). Jesus even talked about the “right” side being good (the sheep) and the “left” side bad (the goats)! Now, I know that spiritually there is nothing wrong with being left-handed. Lefties are just different. Baseball teams love left-handed pitchers because they’re scarce. Recent statistics, however, showed that lefties don’t live as long as righties. Don’t ask me why – I haven’t got the foggiest idea.
In John 21:4 says that Jesus told his followers: Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. I realize that when Jesus said this, he was talking about right as opposed to left, but there is a point to be made here: Whatever Jesus tells us to do is “right” and if we follow it, our lives will be filled with an overabundance of good things.
I’m sure that sometime during the night time hours as the disciples fished, they’d thrown the net over the right side of the boat as well as the left. They’d caught diddly, zero fish, zip, nada. There was nothing magical about the right side of the boat. Don’t you think that if there had been something magical about it that in all the years the disciples had been fishing that they would have noticed that every time they threw out on the right side instead of the left that they caught something? They knew there wasn’t anything special about the “right” side of the boat.
But here’s the key: obedience. Jesus told them what to do and they did it. And it worked!
It is no different in our lives. Jesus tells us what to do and if we do it, we are blessed. Whatever Jesus tells us to do is “right” – he’ll never tell us to cast our net on the “wrong” side of the boat.
If it seems like you’ve been fishing all throughout the night time of your life and that you have nothing to show for it, perhaps you’ve not been listening to what Jesus says is “right”. Your own way is doomed to fail: Prov. 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Choose to do the “right” that Jesus has chosen for you – don’t trust yourself. You’ll only end up dying as a result.
PRAYER: Lord, let us be on the right side! Let us rest confidently and not doubt your wisdom and guidance. May we be quick to obey and eager to serve! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.