“But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.” (Luke 5:5-7, NKJV)
So often when we are experiencing one of life’s many challenges, it’s easy to wonder, “Where is God?” Or, “Why is this happening to me?” To be sure, challenges come to everyone, but I believe there is another way of focusing our attention and seeing that usually, when challenges feel like they are taking us off the rails, if we will keep our eyes on Jesus through the situation, trusting Him at every step; every turn; every peak and valley, we’ll see He’ll not only guide us through it, we’ll maintain a level of peace and we’ll experience the God of more than enough!
I wonder what was going on in Peter’s life when this familiar story took place. His livelihood was tied to fishing. If you’re not catching fish, you can’t pay your bills or feed your family. Have you ever been there? Along comes this itinerant preacher, talking about the Kingdom of God. The skinny is that He’s the Messiah. Peter doesn’t have time to even worry about that; he’s got to make a living.
As he’s just finishing cleaning his nets after a long night of coming up empty, Jesus asks if He can get in his boat and push back offshore so the people can hear Him better. Though he’s certainly tired, he accommodates the man. A bit later, Jesus turns to Peter and says, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (V.4). Imagine how you would feel. You’ve just left work after a long, hard midnight shift and you’re asked to go back to work. But there was something about this man and Peter knew it.
Instead of letting down the nets, Peter only let down a net. He caught so many fish that his net began to break, calling his friends over to help him. So often, when we are just living day-to-day, life blindsides us. But one encounter with Jesus can change your life.
Jesus is still in the miracle working business and wants to meet your need. You are the reason the Father sent Him to earth; to pay the price for your sin and to empower you to live a Godly life. A Godly life is all about trusting the One who walks on water; the One who calms storms, who raises the dead and who provides for our needs.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). Just ask Him, and then, believe!
More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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