“Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’”Luke 5:5-6
I know how Simon Peter felt. Been there; done that. Not with nets and certainly not dependent on catching fish for my livelihood, just with my Snoopy pole and my dad… but it seemed like we waited forever without even a bite.
Simon is exhausted, having spent the night waiting for fish to come. They caught nothing. Zero. Zilch. He’s scrubbed the nets and just wants to go home and put up his feet. Enter Jesus, who has been teaching the crowds and now sees their fishing boat at the shore. He tells Peter to “put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch” (v. 4).
Simon could have easily let his feelings speak. He could have retorted, “You’re a great public speaker, Lord, but I know fishing, and they ain’t biting!” Rather, he replied, “If you say so, I’ll let out the nets.”
This needs to be our conviction, as well. When logic and experience are all we want to trust, we must look to Jesus who knows what is best for us. Trust His timing and His way. His glory will shine through your obedience… even when you don’t feel like it.
“To serve you each day, love you and learn all your ways/ …My Jesus, I’ll do what you say.” (Hillsong, 2002)