Simon answered and said, Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets. Luke 5:5 NASB
Jesus instruction must have seemed impractical to Peter. He and his colleagues were professional fishermen, after all.
On this occasion, they had fished all night but had caught nothing. They were prepared to accept the results and move on. Yet Jesus challenged them and their assumptions. He wanted them to do things a new way. That is why He said, Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch(v. 4).
How did Peter react? At first he was defensive, stressing that they had worked hard (v. 5).
Jesus was not questioning the men’s effort or their skill, but He wanted to teach them that there was another dimension to life. A supernatural, spiritual dimension. There was a realm their natural minds could not comprehend, a realm that only could be entered through faith and obedience.
Peter decided to enter that realm by faith. When he obeyed Jesus words, they caught so many fish that their nets began to break(v. 6).
Jesus is calling us to enter this spiritual realm in every part of life. Today, let God help you see your life in a new light. Lay aside your pride and preconceived ideas. Humble yourself. Fill your mind with His Word. Listen and obey Him in faith. Allow Him to reveal His supernatural power in you. Experience the spiritual dimension in the practical things of life.
PrayerFather, I commit these issues to You: ________. Open my eyes and my mind. Help me do things Your way and grasp Your truth. In Jesus name. Amen.
Extended ReadingLuke 5