Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11
“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
When I was in Galilee the crowds began to gather around Me to hear Me preach. They were like the people of Samaria, sinners who wanted to hear the Word of God, as I preached it, more than what they wanted to see the miracles I did.
The minute I arrived in the area word got around that I was there and the crowds began to gather around Me. Sometimes there were so many that I could hardly move.
One morning, I was walking down by the seashore. Peter and Andrew, James and John were on the shore. They had docked their boat after a night of fishing. Although they had heard My call, they still were spending most of the nights out fishing. They felt that it was necessary for them to earn money for the time being. Peter had a wife and mother—in—law to support, and John and James were partners with their father, Zebedee, in their fishing industry.
I saw them there, washing their nets. At first glance I realized that Peter had been assailed with doubts. Satan had been talking to him, telling him, “You are foolish to follow that ‘wandering Jew.’ How can you be sure he is the Messiah? You need to support your family. How can you leave your trade and run after him? You have been following that man day after day, and working every night. How long do you think you can keep it up? He doesn’t care about what happens to you. If you don’t work, you’ll starve to death, and so will your family. Be reasonable; and stay on the job, like a sensible man.”
I knew exactly what Peter was thinking, and why he didn’t come over to greet Me when I arrived. In fact, as I stood there teaching, the crowd had gathered and by that time was very large; Peter just kept on washing his nets, hardly looking at Me.
So I did what I had to do, I got into his boat and asked him to push away from the shore, so that the crowds wouldn’t throng Me. I wanted to show Peter My loving concern for him. I sat down in his boat and taught the people. It wasn’t what I said that was important, it was what I did. I soon finished my discourse, and then is when I said to Peter, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
I had seen at one glance that Peter’s night of fishing had been unsuccessful. He hadn’t caught a thing. He was not only filled with doubts, he was discouraged. God was teaching him that in his own strength he could do nothing.
When I told him to launch out into the deep, it was under My command that he would do his fishing. I wanted to teach him that it was not his own ambition nor ability that would be his source of supply, but that, if he would put God’s will first, I could, in one moment, meet all of his needs.
At first he tried to argue with Me about the uselessness of going back out into the deep waters. But when he saw that certain look in My eyes, he quickly changed his mind and said, “We’ve worked hard all night long, Rabbi, and haven’t caught anything! But If you say so, I’ll let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5)
Immediately the net began to fill with fish. It seemed like all the fish in Galilee wanted to get into that net. It became so filled up, that it started to tear apart. Peter and Andrew called to James and John, their partners in the other ship, to come and help them. Soon both ships were so filled with fish that they were about to sink. Never, in all the history of fishing in the waters of Galilee had such a large draught of fish been taken.
When the haul had been brought to shore Peter turned and looked at Me. I knew what he was thinking, and I knew that he knew that I knew. That is why he fell on his knees and cried out, “Get away from me, sir, because I’m a sinner.” (Luke 5:8)
Everyone was filled with amazement. They knew then that I cared about them, and that if they would put Me first, I would supply all their needs.
When they beached their boats, the four young men, Peter, Andrew, James, and John, left everything — the fish, their boats and fishing nets, in the care of Zebedee and the servants, and they followed Me.
They would never turn back (except for one brief time after My death); but that is later in My story.
From the Heart of Jesus by Gwen Shaw
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