Daily Devotion, 01/05/18, “A Boat Load of Blessings”
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.” “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 they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. Luke 5:4-7 NLT
Have you ever invested yourself in something or someone only to come up empty and feeling like you had wasted your time, energy and passion? Sometimes success is closer than you think. Sometimes you just have to follow God’s lead, go out a little further and do something different.
We can identify with Peter’s reaction to Jesus because we’ve all been there. When you pour yourself into something or someone without having success, fatigue sets in. You begin to run low on ideas, energy and hope. Just when you’re ready to throw in the towel, God nudges you to keep going. “Go out a little deeper.” “Try this instead of that.” “Don’t give up.”
Like Peter, we argue with God that we’ve done all we know to do. God knows something we don’t know. He knows that we’re about to have a breakthrough. He knows that out there, just a little deeper than where we are now, the fish are plentiful. The key is to discern where God is leading and to go with what He says. If He says it’s time to park the boat then head back to shore. If He says to keep on fishing, then keep casting that net. If you give up on them or that too soon, you’ll miss out the bountiful blessings that only come to those who patiently persevere.
You are loved!