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Launch Out Into the Deep
Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. Luke 5:4
God wants to bless you beyond your wildest dreams in your relationships, family, health, career, and yes, even finances. He is calling you to step out of our comfort zone and do something you have never done before to receive those blessings though. Often, we are afraid to “launch out into the deep”, as instructed in today’s Scripture because we fear that we may obey God and come up with nothing. What if it doesn’t work? We must be willing to do something we have never done before in order to receive something we have never had before though. The thing we must do that we have never done before is to trust God wholeheartedly and without reservation. We must be willing to trust Him without questioning in our heart or mind.
That is what the disciples of Jesus did in today’s Scripture. They were master fisherman but were unable to get the job done. Jesus told them to launch out into the deep for a draught (or huge load of fish). Simon Peter responded, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5). Notice that Peter responded to Jesus that his fisherman had “toiled” (or worked) all night and caught no fish. Doing things in your own strength or in your own way will never secure the huge blessing (or draught) that God wants to give you. In fact, it may cause you to get nothing just like the disciples did not get anything until Jesus came on the scene and gave them very specific instructions.
As previously stated, often we are afraid to launch out into the deep because we fear that we may listen to God, put ourselves out there, get our hopes up, and end up totally crushed because what God promised us and instructed us to do does not work. The Bible is emphatic that “God is not a man, that he should lie” though (Numbers 23:19). We must remember that if God gives us instructions to do something that there is a huge blessing on the other side of obeying those instructions. If He says there is a draught (huge blessing), then there is one. In Mark 4:35, He told his disciples “let us pass over unto the other side” despite the fact that He knew a storm was coming. In essence, God already knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) and is not discouraged but the seemingly hopeless circumstances. He always tells us what the outcome will be but we must trust Him. Like Peter, we must respond to God’s Word. God knew the disciples had toiled all night fishing and came up short which is the reason he showed up on the scene. God’s grace was able to accomplish what they could never accomplish on their own.
Peter did not allow negative thoughts of getting his hopes up concerning what Jesus promised and being disappointed deter him from launching out into the deep as Jesus instructed. Instead Peter responded appropriately by stating because you have said it, I will do it. He made a decision to trust God’s Word and take God at His Word and was blessed! God’s Word is a solid foundation that we can stand on and trust our lives with. God’s Word is incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23) which means it will always produce a harvest in our lives and bring to pass what it promises! Step out and trust what God is telling you to do on today! There is a huge reward on the other side of your obedience!
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