Wednesday’s Word-Going Fishing

Wednesday’s Word
Going Fishing
Luke 5:1-7

[1] And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
[2] And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
[3] And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
[4] Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
[5] And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
[6] And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
[7] And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

Most fishermen have a certain spot they like to fish. Sometimes it is plentiful and other times, you won’t catch a thing. Sometimes you will not need to go too far off the shore and then again you may have to go out in the deep, but you will catch something sooner or later. Most commercial fishermen will not go to the same spot the next day let alone in a few hours of each other. But this was a special case. Simon had been out all night and was in his boat when Jesus was about to speak to a multitude. While the other fishermen were cleaning, He asked Simon to go out of the lake so he could teach the people. After He had finished speaking, He told Simon to launch out (or cast) into the deep and prepare for a catch (Luke 5:4). Now, Simon was known to have a hot head; so imagine this man that had been out all night long and didn’t catch a thing. “Master…we have been here ALL NIGHT; we have caught nothing…we tired. But since you said to do so…throw it in boys…let’s show Him there is nothing there”. Lo and behold, when he tried to bring the fish in, Simon’s net broke…not only that, he told the other ship to come get some fish and the other boat was full.

We can talk about a number of things in this passage but we want to stay with the point that even when you don’t see something, do what He has commissioned you to do. Yes, you maybe taken back to the same point you have been in before, but launch out. You may have to talk with an old friend, but cast your net. You may not see what you will get right then, but the fish are waiting to jump into your net, you just have to go out the deep to get them. You can’t stay on the shores all the time; you have to go out in the deep. Some people can’t go in the waters you can go into…some can’t handle that kind of draught. But if you trust God and do what He says, you can just stand and watch them jump in the boat.

Simon said, “nevertheless, at thy word…” No matter what form he meant it in, the rhema word had to be performed. God’s word can’t go forth without coming back with something. Don’t believe me; put God’s word to the test. If you have a situation, find a Word pertaining to it and trust and call His Word on that situation. All you have to do is launch out into the deep. Cast your net (prayers) in the water and watch what you catch.



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