The Master’s Word Makes All the Difference
11/21 Reading Portions: 1 Chronicles 16; James 3; Obadiah 1; Luke 5
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And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at Your word I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5
Simon Peter’s first statement is rather revealing. He had been fishing all night with his brother, Andrew, and their business partners, James and John (we toiled all night). They were seasoned fishermen. They knew these Galilean waters. They were more than familiar with where the fish would be at a particular time of day for any particular season of the year. Their best efforts brought them no return (and took nothing). Nevertheless, he launched out into deep water as the Lord Jesus had told him. The result was such a huge catch of fish that his net nearly broke (Luke 5:6). It was the same boat, same nets, same sea, and not only that, Simon and the others were probably exhausted from fishing all night, when previously, they were probably fresh. Why so successful the second time? The Master’s word made all the difference. We can apply this episode in Luke to just about any service of the believer in Christ; however, let us use evangelism as an example since the initial context of this incident lends to that topic:
“…from now on you will be catching men.” Luke 5:10
First, there are times when you will catch nothing as you share or preach the gospel; yet, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go… or at least you should be doing all those things important to evangelism— prayer, reading the Scriptures, etc. —just as they toiled all night and took nothing. Second, obedience to the Lord’s word is an absolute must. They must go out to where the Lord’s fish are, and that, when He says to fish. Third, we should recognize the particulars, promise, and power in the Lord’s word:
“Put out into the deep for a catch.” Luke 5:4
The Lord’s command is not only filled with particulars and specifics (Put out into the deep), it is also filled with promise (for a catch); and more than that, His word is filled with power to make it so, since “they enclosed a large number of fish” (Luke 5:6). Hallelujah! What a Savior!
When our Lord speaks, we must obey,
For He knows much better
Than you and I on any day,
Beyond our minds’ best measure.
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