IN DEEP WATER

Lk.5:4 – Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

It’s not just hard work and correct plans that bring in a true harvest, it takes the blessing of the Lord to produce fruit. This short story is filled with revelation about the call of God, the blessing, of the Lord, repentance, and the power of His word. For the story to even be relevant to us we have to come to one important conclusion, in some degree all Christians are intended to be fishers of men. Once that is settled we can begin to determine what “launch out into the deep” means to us. Peter was about to find deep water, not just in the Sea of Galilee, but deep spiritual water as he began to follow Jesus. That’s where all true fishing expeditions begin, following Jesus. Listen to how Charles Spurgeon describes today’s passage.

“Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing.” What was the reason of this? Were they not fishermen plying their special calling? Verily, they were no raw hands; they understood the work. Had they gone about the toil unskillfully? No. Had they lacked industry? No, they had toiled. Had they lacked perseverance? No, they had toiled all the night. Was there a deficiency of fish in the sea? Certainly not, for as soon as the Master came, they swam to the net in shoals. What, then, is the reason? Is it because there is no power in the means of themselves apart from the presence of Jesus? “Without Him we can do nothing.” But with Christ we can do all things. Christ’s presence confers success. Jesus sat in Peter’s boat, and His will, by a mysterious influence, drew the fish to the net. When Jesus is lifted up in His Church, His presence is the Church’s power—the shout of a king is in the midst of her. “I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.”

Maybe you can relate to Peter, lots of work and not many fish. How did that change for Peter? It started with a deeper revelation of who was on the boat. When Peter saw it, he was down at the Lord’s feet in repentance. From that point Peter began to follow Jesus. Where was He leading? Out into a deeper kind of water looking for different kind of fish.

3 Replies to “IN DEEP WATER”

  1. Pardon the football comparison, I know I have been guilty of being stuck on the defensive side of life, to much time spent defending and trying not to lose any ground when under attack or being tested. Its taken a long time for me to see that the battle is not mine, but the Lord’s and I’m to allow Him to handle things that frankly He does not need any of my help accomplishing. I’m simply to trust and believe that He is able. With that said, I believe that God is positioning His church for a BIG offensive, taking new ground and taking back ground that has been squandered away. You may think Sean Payton has a good offensive mind. When we see and become part of God’s offensive plans, football will quickly become a forgotten after thought. Praise Him!

  2. I love this devotional♥️
    It’s a true relationship and being in the presence of Jesus and giving Him the glory, that makes all the difference when being a fisherman of people❣️

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