Devotional Hindsight

The old saying “Hindsight is 20/20” is only true if you take the time to look back. Without reflection, hindsight is blind. Sometimes it takes years for clarity to come, but if we are willing to reflect, we will almost always see some good that came out of something we didn’t understand at the time.

In compact form, Jesus and Simon’s interaction in Luke 5:1-11 teaches this. Jesus asks Simon to cast his nets soon after Simon’s failed night of fishing and right after he and the others finished cleaning the nets. Jesus’ request was both inconvenient and unlikely to yield good results (as far as Simon could see). Simon protests a bit, but ultimately relents (“Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets” Luke 5:5).

The amazing catch that followed, which nearly capsized two boats, taught, in short-order, that we can’t always see the good that God would bring if we obey. Obedience, inconvenience, and sacrifice often aren’t our favorite aspects of discipleship, but when we practice them, then look back on what came of them, the results are usually good. Think of when you’ve said or thought, “I didn’t want to do ________, but because I did it led to (this good thing).”

You may have to get some distance from an event before you can see it, but I encourage you to look back on times of difficulty and/or times when following Jesus was inconvenient for you and see if you can name the good that came out of those. If you see it now, thank God for the good that came. If you can’t see it yet, ask God for clarity. Either way, meet the next opportunity to serve Jesus with the perspective that God may well bring something surprisingly good out of this situation.