Have you ever struggled with trusting God for more?
Challenge: Read Luke Chapter 5
One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boat Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets to catch some fish.” A”Master”, Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish the begin to tear! A cry for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh Lord, please leave me — I’m such a sinful man.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.
I love this story. One of the reasons it speaks to my heart is because it shows how much Jesus loves to give. The disciples were tired and exhausted, and they’d had nothing left – no energy, no stamina, no desire to get back in the boat and do some more fishing. But they had faith and they trusted in Jesus, so they did exactly as he asked.
Fisherman in this time of the Bible often worked in groups. They pulled a large net behind their boat that caught fish as the boat moved and they needed a few people to pull in their nets. When they had finished, they would lay their nets out in the sun to dry and mend any tears the net had sustained. They worked long hours. In addition to fishing and mending they also needed to clean and prepare the fish for travel to be sold in larger cities like Jerusalem. It was busy, manual labour.
Here we see the fishermen stepping out in obedience. They follow Jesus back out into the water and their nets catch the most fish they’d ever seen. They had so many, they had to call for extra help!
Have you ever heard God asking you to trust Him for more? Do you struggle to step out in obedience? God has so much more for you than you can imagine. You just have to have faith and trust in His plan. When we walk in obedience, we experience overwhelming goodness and blessings from the Lord. Just imagine the abundance we could “catch” if only we listened and obeyed His calling!
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