Reverse Fisherman

         I’ve never gone fishing, but I’ve seen people fishing and have heard stories about fishing. I understand that the fisherman goes out onto the water in a boat, or stands on the bank or bridge, or positions him or herself in the water for the purpose of catching some sort of water creature. Lines, poles, hooks, and nets are used to pull said creatures from the water. I also understand that there can be good fishing days and bad fishing days. Sometimes the fisherman brings in a great catch; at other times, not so much if any.

          Rarely though do I hear of fishermen doing all that preparatory work only to throw back what they have caught. However, In Micah, chapters 6 and 7, God shows Himself to do just that. He’s somewhat a “reverse fisherman.” After all the work He’d done to love His people, they still turned their backs on Him. His anger burned against them and He allowed sickness, hunger, and their enemies to ravish them. Nevertheless, His great love for them won out. The prophet writes, “Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” Micah 7:18-19 (NKJ).

         God is still reverse fishing. He has gone to great lengths to gather us in from the sea of our sin, but then He tosses that sin right back out to sea. First John 4:10 says, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (NKJ). The tossing of our sin into the sea was accomplished by Jesus on the cross—all out of God’s amazing love for us.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on December 27, 2011.

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