Luke 5:4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
Luke 5:5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
What do you do when what the Lord ask of you goes against everything you know to be true? You know that moment when all experience and practical occupational wisdom smashes against the word of the Lord. Family and friends think you are nuts. There are going to be times in all of our lives that this is going to happen, if you dare to let it. What do I mean by that? Some people refuse to take risk. Some want measured outcomes. For most of our lives, this is how we conduct ourselves. We go to work and we know that the Lord has us there and for that reason we do the very best all the time. As time goes by some get stirred from inside with a holy dissatisfaction with the current norms and begin to seek for answers. If they are persistent long enough they will find that the Lord is the one drawing them into a world of possibilities that few ever experience.
I love Peter. He acknowledges the reasons, as a seasoned fisherman, why he should just continue with putting away the nets. He is tired and has been up all night. That is the life we live in. Sometimes we labor and labor and see very little for our efforts. Then a voice comes. Try this one more time. If you are not careful you will allow the weary state and fatigue to make this decision for you. Peter starts down that road. He is frustrated with a night of no fish. He has already delayed bedtime when the Lord stepped into the boat.
A moment like this often comes at the most inconvenient time, but at time that you really need it. When it came to selling our building last year, I had to do it under extreme circumstances. You see, we had been praying for several years of what move the Lord wanted us to make. Phil Dupont and I talked about it and we felt it was time to put the building on the market. It sat for 6 months without a nibble from anyone. Then all of sudden we had a bite. It was a church so we were very pleased that the kingdom would be maintaining territory in the community. There was a problem though. My wife Kathy had just broken her ankle. This had me doing everything around the house and office. Now I would have to search for a new location as well. 80 hour work weeks filled my life for the next 6 months and we finally found our home. Obeying God, if it was simple and convenient, would be done by most people. However, it takes a while in our lives to get to that point. The disciples weren’t there right away, and you might not be there yet either. It is a growth thing and Lord is pouring out His grace to you for that very reason. Are you tired? Are your frustrated? These are actually good things, because it says you are not settling for the current levels in your life. Now find the thing that the Lord is telling you to do and get to it. Life is moving to fast to sit on the sidelines. You will have bumps and resistance, but you will go forward in Jesus’ name. Let’s pray. “Father give me a word that I may obey. Regardless of it Father, at your word I will do it.”
Blessing and peace to you always,
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