“…nevertheless at Your word I will “
Text: Luke 5:4-6 “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets
for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we
have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will
let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great
number of fish, and their net was breaking.
The experienced fishermen worked the whole night through and did not catch
anything. Whilst others were sleeping and taking a rest, they were hoping
in vain for a catch and ended up returning with empty nets. All their effort
was for nothing – this was nothing new to them.
Now they were busy cleaning their nets. Afterwards they would go back home
with the disappointing news: “We didn’t catch anything!”
The people who would come to them early in the morning to buy fish would
be sent back home empty-handed. Then Jesus comes along and a great crowd
of people are following him. Jesus goes and sits in the boat belonging to
Peter and teaches the crowd about obedience to the Word of God. Everyone
is quiet and listening to Him. Never before had they heard such words. Jesus
gets our of the boat and says to Peter, “Let down your nets.”
“What,” thinks Peter, “this is a carpenter from Nazareth
and he is telling us experienced fishermen to let down our nights at noontime?
No, at this time of the day, it’s not possible to catch fish, even
the small time fisher knows that. Nobody would go out this time- it’s
just too late. Peter thinks, “We have already tried and that was at
the best time of the day; we have done our best. He does not understand
how anything could still help the situation. He thinks, “We’ll
have to go out again tomorrow evening.”
Often we do not understand why we are going through certain things.
Peter had no faith, he says,
“…nevertheless at thy word
I will let down the net.“ Here is the key, although he did not think
that it was possible, although he did not believe in a miracle, he obeyed
the Word of Jesus. There is something about these words of Jesus which causes
Peter to do something.
that faith was not necessary in this case, just being obedient
to the Word of Jesus was what counted.
because you said so
, I will do it. Whether it will work or not, I
haven’t got a clue. However, because you said so, I will do it.”
They all do what Jesus says
and go out again; however, this time their
nets are so full like they have never been before. A miracle has taken place
and they are all witnesses of it.
one will believe them when they say that they made their greatest catch
ever at this hour of the day. What a miracle!
We all desire to have a miracle take place in our lives. Yes, it is true:
miracles can only take place in your life through obedience to the Word
of God. Luke 18:1 "And he spake a parable unto them to this
end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint...;"
It is important to say this: Lord, because you said so, I will continue
praying, because you said so, I will continue hoping, because you said so,
I will continue believing. At Your Word, Lord, I will do what You say.”
It might be the case that you have never experienced a miracle before. They
also would never had experienced one, if they had not followed the Word
of Jesus! Many people miss their miracle and do not notice it because they
do not pray sincerely to Jesus, they do not want to give up their sin and
are not obedient to His WORD. How is it with you, it does not have to be
that way! Do what HE says and you will experience miracles! rw