Luke 5:4-7 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 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. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
We have been cultured to believe that if you work hard you will succeed in your endeavors. However, the truth is that you need more than hard work to get to where God wants you to be. Luke 5:5 tells us that Peter toiled all night and caught nothing. If hard work was enough, his experience would have been different.
Since we know that hard work alone is not enough to get results, what else do we need? Learning from the example of Peter, he got results by putting his faith in the words of Jesus. Jesus gave them two instructions: “launch out into the deep” and, “let down your net for a draught”. After Peter did these, he saw astounding results. Luke 5:6-7 tells us that the catch was so great that their nets broke so much that he and those in his boat had to beckon to their partners in other ships to come and help. Because he put his faith in the words of Jesus, what he was unable to accomplish from toiling hard all night, was achieved by acting upon the words of Jesus.
The two instructions that were given by Jesus to Peter can be applied to our lives and yield similar results. To launch out into the deep is equivalent to immersing yourself in His presence. That is important as you can miss divine instructions if you are not at the place to receive it. Being in God’s presence positions you at the place that you should be to hear such instructions.
The second instruction that Peter had to follow was to let down his net for a draught. Having failed the night before, Peter could not see the possibility of a positive result from doing that, but by faith he did it nonetheless because they were the words of Jesus. He said, “at thy word I will let down the net”. The evidence that you put your faith in the words of Jesus is that you do what His word says. When you do that, what seemed like it would never happen, will become your reality.
Life Application: Show that you have put your faith in the words of Jesus, by being willing to go as far as abruptly changing your schedule to act upon His words.
Prayer: Lord, I trust you and take you at your word. May I never just rely on hard work, but to put my faith in your word and do what it says. In Jesus’ name, amen.