Lady Myesha Chaney
By Lady Myesha ChaneyAntioch Church of Long Beach
The Bible in Luke 5 records, one day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, He saw at the water's edge two boats left there by the fishermen who were washing their nets.
He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then He sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." 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."
Have you ever felt like giving up? The fishermen in the Luke 5 had experienced working hard, not seeing results, and of course, giving up.
They had the motivation to work as they always had, but decided since the catch wasn't great, they'd call it a day. They parked their boats and washed their nets. They gave up.
When Jesus came on the scene, He challenged them. He asked Simon to put out into deep water. He encouraged him to get out of his comfort zone. If you have ever been in deep water, you know it is not comfortable.
I reflect on deep sea snorkeling with my husband in Aruba. Once the boat reached its destination, it was time to jump off the boat into cold, 65 feet deep waters. I froze. I was afraid of the possibilities, of the unseen things lurking underneath, and the temperature of the water. I didn't want to lose control.
My husband took a big leap into the sea and I followed. It was scary, but I did it. In the same way, the Lord calls us to launch out into the deep in our lives, to journey to the place where we can only trust and depend on Him.
He leads us to go further than we thought we could, to hold on a little longer, and to trust Him a little more. When we have no more strength and give up on our purpose and passion, He is there to encourage us to keep going.
He allows us to hold on to His promise. He told Simon, "Let down the nets for catch." He promises, "If you obey Me, you will have a catch." Because He knows more about us than we know about ourselves, His plan is always better.
After hearing Jesus' words, Simon responds by reminding Jesus of all their hard work as if He didn't already know. Will you trust Him when you have done all you can do?
Simon was able to do what the Lord asked, despite what he felt, what he thought, what he had already done, and he received the promise. The Bible says, "When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break."
Don't give up. Launch out into the deep. Trust Him and wait for the catch, it's coming!