March 16th, 2018
Nevertheless, At Thy Word
Luke 5:4-5 (KJB) Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 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.
Jesus had just concluded teaching a crowd of people. He approached Simon, who was a fisherman by trade, to command him to launch his boat out into the deep water. Simon had perhaps just returned from fishing and was disappointed at the emptiness of his nets.
But, Jesus had the answer which would fill his nets to overflowing. More fish than he could ever imagine.
Simon did as was commanded of him, going out into the deep waters and let down his nets like he had already done on his own. However, this time, at following the will and timing of God, his nets were raised burgeoning with fish.
Simon chose to listen to the voice of God, rather than his own voice, which continued to conjure up doubt leaving little room for hope. Simon was likely battling a huge disappointment in himself for securing no fish according to his own merit on his recent fishing expedition still fresh in his mind.
God’s Word paints a clear picture for us to find hope in this situation.
Simon was without hope, dogged tired, and down and disappointed in his own efforts at fishing. Nevertheless, he chose to hear and apply the words Jesus spoke to him, rather than give in and give up on his disappointing fishing day and God rewarded Simon’s obedience grandly!
What about you? Is Jesus speaking to you and giving direction to your heart that you have ignored or failed to apply to your life? Use this lesson which highlights the disappointment and setback in the life of Simon with the timely obedience and application of the supernatural power and presence of God to dramatically change his situation with all the glory for God.