Fishing lessons (3)
Lesson three: Cooperate with God’s plan for your life: ‘He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking’ (v.4-6 NKJV). Jesus taught the disciples where to fish, when to fish, and how to fish. And He’ll teach us how to get the best results too. But like Peter, sometimes our own plan has to fail before we become willing to trust God and accept His plan. And if that’s what it takes, God will allow us to fail. Notice two things: 1) Peter didn’t argue with Jesus, he simply obeyed. As a professional fisherman, he may well have thought, ‘Lord, who are you to tell me how to fish?’ He may even have thought if he didn’t catch anything at night when the fish were usually biting, he surely wasn’t going to catch anything in the middle of the day when the sun was glaring down on the water. But he didn’t argue; he just obeyed. That’s what we must do too. 2) Peter didn’t listen to his feelings. He must have been incredibly tired from working all night and not getting anywhere. But he didn’t ask, ‘What’s the use? Why should I keep on going?’ Instead of being led by his feelings, he trusted in the promise of Christ – and the results were amazing. And when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, He’ll do the same for us.
Have you been rejecting anything that God’s been asking you to do recently? Today, ask Him to help you have faith in His plan, and then take the first step toward doing what He’s asking.
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