I could have gotten jiggy with Jesus if he'd said, "Go a few hundred miles farther." Or maybe if he'd adjusted the net. But he didn't reposition Simon. He didn't advise him to adjust his fishing method. He didn't tell him to wait until morning.
Verse of the Day: When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch. Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. (Luke 5:4-6)
Many of Jesus' disciples were fishermen by trade. It's a dirty business. It's affected by the winds, the conditions, the seasons. And this profession was their livelihood. No fish meant no dinner, no shelter, no stability. That's an interesting place to be when the spoils of your livelihood are dependent on the will of nature. All night, Simon, James and John had been fishing. They'd worked hard all night without having caught a single fish.
I could have gotten jiggy with Jesus if he'd said, "Go a few hundred miles farther." Or maybe if he'd adjusted the net. But he didn't reposition Simon. He didn't advise him to adjust his fishing method. He didn't tell him to wait until morning. Jesus' solution to Simon's perceived failure was so simple. He said simply, Go deeper.
I love the disciples because they're some of the most human characters in the Bible. Simon's response was so human, so honest. If the Bible was reality TV, Simon would be New York from Flavor of Love, I swear. Bro said, "We've been fishing all night, fam!" But still, ever the disciple, he obeyed Jesus' command and dipped his net deeper into the water. And when he brought the net back up, it was so full of fish that it began to break.
We've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. That was Simon's original response. And it reminds me: There are some things in your life that you've been working toward for a long time. With your human effort. Your human diligence. Your human power. Your human network. You've worked all night, all week, all month, all quarter ... all year. And you've seen nothing manifest. You've caught ... nothing.
The problem in Simon's case was not a faulty net. It wasn't a bad fishing location. It wasn't a lack of fish either. The answer to Simon's problem was ... he hadn't gone deep enough.
Don't allow the discouragement from what you haven't caught YET ... to distract you from keeping your ear open to God's instruction. Simon let down his net again ... because Jesus said so. Your work is subject to your limitations. But your work, when coupled with your faith in God's word can yield immeasurable dividends all up and through your life.
When Simon followed Jesus' instruction, he came up with a net so jam-packed, it nearly broke.
I assure you. Your net doesn't even have the capacity to handle your net worth. That's what happens when you play a game of Go Fish with the Most High.
Don't give up. Go deeper.
Gone fishin,' honey! Let's pray it out: Father. Give me the wisdom to hear your voice and yield to your instruction that my faith and my work combined can produce that which You've intended. For what is impossible with man is not impossible with God. Show me through Your instruction that as a believer, I am not limited to worldly limitations. All it takes is one word from You and that which once looked hopeless can manifest a net full of fish. Feel free to speak to me. And give me wisdom to follow Your instruction. In Jesus' name. Amen.