Lk.5:4,5 – Now when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon responded and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets”.
I suspect we are entering into uncharted waters in our world today as Christians. The world is heaving back and forth with pushing foundational change in our society at the same time the masses have been shoved into dark corners over their fears of an unpredictable disease. Our only way to survive and thrive in this season is to live in the awareness of the Lord’s presence and power and to listen intently to His word. In the story of the miracle catch of fish, the word of the Lord is central. Listen again closely to Peter’s words, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say…”. It was in hearing and responding to the voice of Jesus that Peter entered into this new miracle world. Check out what Bullinger says about this passage:
“By these words Jesus teaches how vain a thing it is to teach or command anything without his commandment and power. But when the Word is preached with his commandment and name, an infinite number are taken with the net of the gospel. Matthew compares the preaching of the gospel with fishing, because just as a net cast into the sea takes in diverse fishes, so also the gospel being preached in the world brings diverse people into the church of God. But Christ’s purpose in this miracle was not so much to signify what would come to pass but more to inspire these men to follow him, despite him being poor, and only a little before having been cast out by all his neighbors and acquaintances and threatened with death.”
Peter had lived his life dependent on his own wisdom and resources, now that had just changed. From now on Peter was living His life on the power and guidance of God’s word. In this unprecedented and unpredictable season we are in, we also need to look totally to God and His word and follow His instructions. The fish are gathering in great schools for the harvest of the earth. We Christians have been brought to the end of our resources. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.