“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “ Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 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.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.1
We’ve already done everything humanly possible, but now as the Word of the Lord has commanded, we will do as You say.
Sometimes it seems that God asks of us that which we cannot do and which we’ve already exceeded all human possibilities. How could He ask us to do this one more thing? But like Simon Peter, we need to relent and say, ok Lord, I’ve already tried without success, but at your Word I will try yet again! That’s when the abundance came. When we’ve worked exceedingly hard and been faithful and yet give it another go, because God said to, then we recognize His divine hand working on our behalf when we bring in our nets full and overflowing. Maybe this is why God allows us to serve in what seems interminably fruitless situations, that we might recognize the exceeding abundance of His power when the nets overflow. When the rain finally comes after a long drought, when the fruit begins to grow again on what we thought were withered vines, when we begin catching more fish than we ever had before, we will like Peter, fall to our knees before the God of Gods who has done this great thing! We will realize our sinfulness of self sufficiency, pride and human wisdom and see that we can do nothing except by the hand of God and His Spirit which is working through us and using us to do His will as He deems best. May we like Peter have a heart that says, “nevertheless, at your Word, I will let down the net.”
- Luke 5:4-6 NKJV [↩]