5 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
These 11 verses tell us about when Jesus met His first group of disciples – a group of fisherman.
The verses that have struck me are 4 – 6. Jesus asks Peter to go deeper and then he will definitely catch fish – even though he had been fishing all night without catching anything… Peter isn’t keen at first as he is obviously tired, but follows Jesus request. The outcome = nets full of fish!!
For me, there have been times when I get caught up in disappointment, distractions, sickness, the world, … things that take my eyes off Jesus. What if at these times, I chose to “go deeper” with Jesus, to trust His voice – what if a mighty breakthrough was waiting on the other side of the disappointment? My”net full of fish” outcome.
There are times where I need to take myself out of my comfort zone and push further into the deep with Jesus, where I can’t stand, but I can rely on HIM! He knows the next part of my plan A & that’s the road I want to travel on – even when I can’t see what’s coming up. Scary but exciting, giving Jesus the control!
Written by Ps. Mandy Miller