John 21:1-14 (NKJV)
After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately[a]got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will findsome.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Jesus let the disciples fish all night, and they caught nothing. He could have showed up sooner. He let them fish all night long. If they had given up and left, they would have missed the miracle…
Joseph’s long night (Genesis 37-45)…
Before he was sold into slavery, his brothers didn’t like him. In fact, they hated him. Think of how horrible it was for those closest to you, those who should have your back to want you dead. Joseph dealt with that before he was sold into slavery.
Joseph was the sold into slavery at age seventeen, but it wasn’t until he was thirty years old that he was given authority in Egypt. Again we can quickly read his story, but his days and nights were just as long as ours.
It was his faith, relationship and devotion to God that got him through his longs nights after being accused of sexual harassment and thrown into prison for years. Of, having hope of getting out of prison only to be forgotten and remaining an additional two years (Genesis 40-41).
I could go on and on with examples in the bible of people enduring ‘long nights’
As we read through the bible it’s easy to read several chapters, which can cover hundreds or thousands of years in an afternoon.
We must remember, that these people who God chose to use in His word, were just like us. They had full lives. THEIR DAYS AND NIGHTS WERE JUST AS LONG AS OURS.
Jesus let them fish all night and they caught nothing. If they had given up and left, they would have missed the miracle…
If some things have worked out when you wanted…how you wanted…the way you wanted, you would have…
Missed your miracle…
Given credit and glory to yourself or someone else…
Missed an important page in ‘your story’…
Stay strong in the Lord and keep the faith as you go through the ‘long nights’ in your life. No matter how long or dark, remember God is still there. If you keep the faith, you can be sure that things all things will work together for your good…
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
And, even if we brought our ‘long night’ ourselves. Remember that God has not forsaken or forgotten you.
Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.