December 31, 2023
Luk 5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
Luk 5:2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
Luk 5:3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Luk 5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
Luk 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.
Luk 5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
The frustrated fisherman glanced at the barren nets. He rubbed his hands over his eyes and wished he could wipe away the futility of the night. His back ached. His bank account suffered. He stared at a disappearing moon that hung like a curved blade over the waters, and part of him wanted to just cut up these empty nets and make new ones. The morning water lapped at his feet. The boats creaked in the gentle waves. A cool breeze brought no comfort to his tired face. His sleepy eyes dreamed of a big catch. But as the sun arose his spirit did not…
- Nevertheless. It just cancelled everything negative before this word. It stopped looking at the past and it started seeing the potential of the moment. Let down the net, don’t give anymore excuses. Let down the net, stop talking about what didn’t happen. Let down the net…
- And when they had this done…it’s not what Peter said; it’s what He did. It could have ended with something he said. We can’t. I won’t. I will never happen. Mind your own business. You don’t work in his line of work. Stick to what you know. I’ve toiled all night and I’m going home. The nets didn’t break until Peter first had a break…He broke from the past to empower the moment. You can’t empower the moment if your expectation is always looking over your shoulder; always anticipating the worst outcome. Listen now…