Luke 5:1-11 – “So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
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.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” NKJV
I purposefully used a lengthy passage to convey a simple truth. Jesus was drawing crowds everywhere He went with His message of hope and life which was in stark contrast to that of the Scribes and Pharisees. On this occasion, He came to the Lake of Gennesaret and Simon (Peter) and Andrew were washing their nets after a long night of fishing. Jesus asked Simon to launch the boat out a little from the shore and the location of the boat created the effect of an amphitheater where He could easily speak to the multitude. It would have been impossible for Simon and his brother to miss the message being taught to the crowd.
After Jesus finished teaching He instructed Simon to “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” This was more than a reward for the kindness demonstrated in accommodating His earlier request, it was an object lesson that would stick with the disciples throughout their lifetime. Simon offered a reasonable objection. They had fished all night, the normal time for fishing, and had taken nothing. Yet, as a result of hearing the words of Jesus, I believe faith was instilled in their hearts (Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God). Peter’s response should be our response to the directives of the Holy Spirit even when the directive seems illogical. Simon said, “…nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
The result is too great a miracle to overlook. The number of fish they caught were beyond their capacity and ability to handle. They signaled the other boat and enlisted the help of James and John to handle the harvest. The catch was so great both boats were in danger of sinking. Imagine in today’s modern church world if we would be obedient to the voice of the Spirit of God and when we find so great a harvest and revival we enlist the help of other believers rather than trying to defend our domain.
There is always a time, in spiritual things, when we simply need to step out in faith and say, “NEVERTHELESS at Thy word…” No wonder the Bible declares that obedience is better than sacrifice. If we will allow our faith to rise to the level of His directives we will see more than we can imagine.
God bless you as you go through this wonderful day in Him!