Luke 5:5-5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
A few of Jesus' disciples had toiled all night in their attempt to catch some fish. In all their efforts these experienced fishermen caught nothing.
After a night of struggle, disappointment and discouragement, the disciples decided to call it quits for this fishing trip. They came back to shore and began washing their nets.
Having seen 2 boats, Jesus enters into Peter's boat and makes it a floating pulpit so that he may teach the crowd. Having done so, Jesus commands Peter to "move out a little from shore".
Having finished teaching the people, Jesus commands Peter to "launch out into the deep and let your nets down".
Peter, who was filled with doubt of catching anything because of his inability to catch anything the night before, did as Jesus commanded him to, but of course not without letting Jesus know that this fishing trip is just a waste of time.
Let's listen to what Peter said to Jesus: "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anythinhg. But at your "Word, I will let down the nets."
When Peter did as Jesus commanded, the catch of fish was so great that the nets break.
Jesus teaches us that obedience to the Word of God causes us to grow in our faith. It allows God to perform the supernatural while at the same time, increasing our trust and dependence upon Him and His Word.
Jesus is showing us that there is nothing too hard for God and that "all things" are possible to them that believe.
We all must come to a place of trust in God. Trust that leads us to obedience to what He says and tells us to do.
Regardless of what our thoughts may be concerning what the Lord has told us to do, regardless of how we may feel about it, or if we even feel like we want to do it or not, If Jesus said it, do it!
We must come to the place where Peter has come in this text, even in the midst of doubt. Peter said "Lord, we toiled all night long and caught nothing , but , Nevertheless, at thy word, I will do what you said". That is the place where God is trying to get us to. A place of obedience to His Word.
Jesus command did not make any sense to them, knowing that they had worked hard all night and caught nothing.
These same feelings haunts all of us daily as we attempt to do things on our own apart from God. We have been in situations and have dealt with circumstances for years that appear to produce no harvest.
Circumstances and situations that have appeared to have been a waste of time, but has later proven to be a blessing in increasing our faith, trust and Hope in God because we obeyed His voice in the midst of them.
One guaranteed thing out of all of our struggles in life is the opportunity for our faith and trust in God to increase.
When we have in obedience to God's word, accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, saying "nevertheless, Lord at thy word, I will obey" will become a little more easier as the days of this Christian journey with Him goes by.
The point I want to make is that we all must come to a place where the Word of God is more important than anything else. Obedience to it must become first in our lives.
In obeying the Word of the Lord, there is always a harvest to reap. Peter and the other disciples reaped, grace, faith and a boat overflowing with fish. They learned not only how to fish, but how to become “fisher of men”.
The harvest from obedience was greater than what they expected. Much so to the point of the nets being so full, they broke and they had to call for help from other ships to help with the massive catch of fish.
What made the difference in catching the fish and not? Obedience to Jesus, even when Peter did not want to do what the Lord asked him to do!
That is just like God. He always gives us more than we expect.
Perhaps you are reading this blog and one thing after another seems to be going wrong in your life. You may have been toiling for week, months or even years and it appears that your labor is in vain.
Regardless of where you may be on the scale of "doubt", I dare you to speak these faith filled words that Peter spoke in his time of doubt and despair.
Let me urge, beg and plea with you to say in your heart today concerning your situation "Nevertheless at thy Word" Lord, I will obey.
When we launch out into the deep as Jesus commands us to, we will find joy unspeakable, we will find peace that surpass all understanding, we will find power through the holy spirit to do the miraculous, when we launch out into the deep, Jesus can move us from fishermen to fishers of men.
Regardless of what the night, days, weeks or month before have been for you and I, we must resolve to forsake our plans, our intentions, our desires and accept God's direction and instructions for our lives from that moment forward.
When we have come to this place in our faithful obedience to God's Word, we will see miraculous provisions in our lives. More than we will have room enough to receive.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Nevertheless, I will obey your Word. This is the place that God is calling all of us on today. A place of faith and not of sight. A place of obedience to God and not self.
No one can let down your net but you. Will you obey Christ on today and “let down your net?”
Nevertheless, I will obey your Word Lord.
Launch out into the deep. Let you faith take you to a place where you never been before.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for being God.