Luke 5:1–6 (ESV)
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
5 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one
of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.
The Word of Jesus is spreading and the crowds are gathering. They want to hear Jesus. We live in a world today that doesn’t seem to be lining up to hear about Jesus, but I tell you we live in a world that is full of hurt and pain and are
needing to hear the Words of Jesus. The fishermen had finished fishing and were washing their nets. It was getting so crowded that Jesus got in a boat and was put out a little ways so that he could preach and teach to the crowds. Then in
an unusual move, he told Simon to lets go way out and drop the nets. Simon has already been fishing all night, caught nothing, and has already called it quits. Only because Jesus asked him did he go ahead and drop the nets that he had already washed.
To his surprise, the nets were so full that they were breaking. A huge haul from a simple request. An experienced fisherman who knew the lake struck out after 8-10 hours of fishing and now the Teacher says drop the nets and is hugely successful.
I know Simon probably had to be speechless. His mind had to be wandering and wondering... who is this???? You would think the fisherman should be teaching Jesus to how to fish, but the fisherman realizes that God is teaching him to fish.
When we allow God to work in us and teach us, then we will see some real spiritual growth. We too often think we know better and refuse what God is working in us. I pray: O Lord, too often I think I know better on how to solve things and
I try to handle them by myself. Open my ears and heart and help me to open up to your teaching and let your Holy Spirit mold and shape me according to your image. Forgive me for my acting like God and let you be God. I repent and want to
do better. Amen.