Perhaps you’ve felt like I have when I’ve tried every avenue that I know to do and Jesus asks me to try the very same thing I just got through doing…one more time.
Sometimes it feels like I’m in over my head, like Jesus asks too much of me. Maybe you feel like that every once in awhile as well.
That’s where we find the disciples who are fisherman with no fish in their nets…
Jesus asks for a little.
Jesus had just finished healing a bunch of people and was looking for a spot to get away from the crowds but they followed him so he began to share with them on the shore of Galilee. As the crowd pressed in to hear more…
He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then he sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat. (Luke 5:1-3 CSB)
I love this. Jesus makes sure the soon-to-be-disciples hear him teaching Truth a little ways out from shore before he calls them into something more.
Looking back on my faith journey, Jesus has given me opportunities to listen and obey in small ways before asking me to trust him when the way seems overwhelming and dark.
Jesus asks us to push out farther still.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch. (Luke 5:4CSB)
The disciples would have had to row out further still. Jesus takes them from the shore where they began, to out a little, to out further still, into the deep water.
It’s a progression. I learned to listen, trust and obey with a little and now a little more.
The disciples’ next move was critical. Jesus was asking them to do something they spent the whole night doing with nothing in return. Would they listen?
Jesus asks us to trust him in the deep water.
“Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5 CSB)
Here is a Carpenter telling a fisherman how to fish! I know, I know, Jesus isn’t just any carpenter but still. I can’t help but wonder what was going through their minds.
I also wonder how often we might think the same thing? We are our kids’ parents, wouldn’t we know what’s best for them? How about at our jobs? Or with unanswered prayer and he says to keep praying fervently.
The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing expecting a different result. You know what? Sometimes trusting Jesus out in the deep is the most insane sane thing you can do.
He asks us to trust that he knows how to do the thing we’re good at, even better. Do we trust him enough to answer like Simon and reply, “But if you say so…”
When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.” (Luke 5:6-7 CSB)
Being out in the deep and being asked to trust him is one of the hardest things to do but the dividends are beyond what we could ever imagine.
Jesus takes us from listening to Truth on the shore to going out a little ways to in-over-our-head faith. Will you trust Him?
If you enjoyed this post on Luke 5 you may like this one too: But because You say so.