When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets. When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break Luke 5:4-6
So often in life we have times that we are ready to give up. In the natural nothing is happening in our situations and we believe, in the natural, nothing IS going to happen.
Peter was a fisherman. That was his trade and what he was doing when the Master called him. He was good at it because, apparently, he had been doing it his entire life. Now it is interesting to note that he fished at night because that was the best time to catch fish.
Yet, doing everything the same way he always did it, that night he caught no fish.
In the midst of that Jesus comes along and tells him to try something else. Now, I believe, that Peter was obedient to Jesus, yet in his heart of hearts was probably thinking, “Give me a break, I am a fisherman, I know what works here and what doesn’t. I will show Him respect, but we aren’t going to catch any fish! They simply are not biting!”
At the point of giving up we all feel the same. We have prayed, we may have fasted and nothing is moving forward for us. This is the point where we often feel we can’t go on anymore. This is the point in which we often believe that God has turned His back and just isn’t listening to us.
Simon Peter was at that point. He had tried all night; no fish at all were in his net. He was tired and decided, undoubtedly, to pull in the nets and go home.
Yet, at the very last minute, Jesus comes along and makes a suggestion to do things a different way and, low and behold, the fishing nets come up full of fish.
Beloved, no matter how smart we think we are, how well we think we know the way things “should” work in our situations, Jesus often surprises us, usually at the last minute, as it was with Simon Peter, and does things in a way we never dreamed of to give us a miracle!
What if Simon had decided to trust his own judgment and not that of the Lord? He could have become stubborn and decided that he knew all about fishing and Jesus was wrong. He could have thought, “Please, that’s not going to work. I am going home!” With that attitude he would never have seen the miracle.
Today, I would like to encourage you to keep on doing all you know is right to do and then quit fretting over the situation.
God is faithful. When the time is completely right and in a way we usually don’t think of, He comes in and gives us a miracle.
Quit fretting and going on and on in your mind, and with friends, about how you feel like giving up.
You have prayed and God has heard. Go on in faith knowing you will get your miracle, regardless of how empty your “nets” look now! It takes casting your faith into the “deep” waters and then staying there until your miracle occurs.
In His Unconditional Love,