Luke 5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
The story in Luke 5 describes Jesus by Lake of Gennesaret, when He saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Often times believers like the disciples are washing their nets, resigned, exhausted from laboring in vain. In Luke 5, Peter was ready to go home, discouraged from toiling all night without a catch. Like Peter you too might be pondering why stay with Christ when you are broke, busted and your family is falling apart and your health or the health of your loved ones is falling apart.
There is a deeper side of God that we have not experienced, and the Lord wants us to launch out into the deep. The Scripture refers to the deep things of God teaching that the Holy Spirit searches and reveals the depth of God. In Genesis, the Bible declares the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Jesus Christ is calling you out of your defeat, He commands you to forget yesterday and let down your net again. Like Simon your response should be “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net.”
In the story in the Gospel, the same environment where the disciples were giving up from exhaustion and failure, Jesus was healing the sick and performing miracles. Thank God for His mercy He reached out to and extended a personal invitation to Simon. Jesus is extending a personal invitation to you, quit playing religion, do not recite your failures do not cling to the “boat” of your denomination or experience that cannot save you. Let Jesus come into your boat and His Holy Spirt fill your life then launch into the deep. He beckons you to go into the waves and torrents of deep waters with Him and Psalm 107 declares that those doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. The Bible records that when they obeyed, “they caught a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.”
May the Lord anoint you to catch more fish, may you stand out as a testimony of what God can do when we surrender. May the blessing that God is bestowing upon your life draw many to the Cross. May your harvest surpass your expectations!
Additional Scripture References
I Cor 2:10, Psa. 107:23-24, Genesis 1:2