Luke 5:5-7 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. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
Simon and his companions were having a really bad day. These commercial fishermen had toiled all the night and wound up with empty nets. This was not a fishing trip of pleasure nor a fishing tournament, this fishing expedition was their means of supporting their families and their finances. They were expecting something and came up with nothing. Other times had produced a great harvest of fish but this time everything was a waste and a complete failure!
Have you ever had one of those days? The day started like any other and you did the same things that you have always done, but at the end of the day emptiness was in your net. Frustration, despair, disappointment, and a whole host of other emotions flood your life and your nets are still empty. We have all had those empty days. Then Jesus steps into the picture and offers a word to resolve the emptiness and the frustration enlarges itself and you think as Peter, "I have done it this way with positive results time and time again and now You want me to try again?" "What does Jesus know about my daily routines and job situations?"
Isn't it amazing that we can trust Jesus with the big stuff; the Jesus stuff, like salvation, miracles, and raising the dead but the little stuff is completely on us? This passage brings to view the fact that Jesus wants to be involved in every facet of our lives, not just the big stuff. It is not always a chariot of fire or a clap of lightning that Jesus will send, it may be a simple word; a word of instruction just to let you know he cares about your emptiness. Jesus wants our lives filled, not empty.
In your "let down" days, let down your nets one more time, Jesus can and will fill your life with His fullness!
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Ps 139:1-6 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1Ti 6:15-16 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. (28) For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. This...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. When you read the opening verse of the Bible, without explanation of His character you are introduced to God. Then you are told that this God created the heaven and the earth....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Pr 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. I was listening to the radio the other day and someone said these words, "You are the master of your unspoken words. You are the servant of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Jer 9:23-24 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Sin is a monster that we are all very familiar with. Our sin is the reason Jesus had to die on the cross of Calvary. Thank God for the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Php 3:12-15 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1Ki 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. Elijah experienced many phases in his life in a very short time. On Mount Camel, he called upon God and the fire of God fell from...[ abbreviated | read entire ]