Luke records the account of Peter and others having fished all night and caught nothing. While they were washing their nets, Jesus came on the scene, taught a few lessons, and then instructed the bewildered fisherman thusly:
“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." Luke 5:4.
A few verses later Peter noted the recent past failure to catch anything, but stated, “Okay, whatever you say, but I think it’s a waste of time.” LML Trans.
How many times in life we fail, and then due to the fear of further failure, we put our “net” away, go to our comfort zone and have a mild or even a severe pity party. This is what Jesus is dealing with in the passage. We must refuse to let the barren yesterdays of life prevent us from trusting Jesus to make today fruitful. The instruction of Jesus to “launch out into the deep” and fish is good advice for all of us.
The takes on what Jesus meant by ordering “Launch into the deep” are many and varied. It’s certain that the “take” involves, obedience to His will, and the willingness to use what tools are available to accomplish the undertaking. Lest we become self-sufficient, Christ permits an “empty” net experience now and then.
A writer/clergyman commented with this gem:
“To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can." Sydney Smith.
The principle of launching into the deep, digging a little deeper, writing one more book, running yet another race is taught, not only in the scripture, but all through history. If you keep trying you just may win. If you quit there can be no laurel crown.
To admit fear is not a sin. To surrender to fear rather than surrendering to faith is a sin.
A helpful verse/thought is one used by a man noted for killing giants. He evidently was given to fits of fear, yet he accomplished even greater things than killing a giant. Here’s his take on dealing with fear:
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3. It worked for David and will for you.
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