Never Give Up

May16

Biblical fishing boat Remember the story about Jesus and the fishermen?   Jesus was teaching the crowds who had come to hear Him speak. Pressed in, He climbed in Simon Peter’s boat to continue teaching. When He had finished, He told Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

Simon Peter (a professional fisherman) had been out fishing all night and caught nothing.  So when Jesus said, cast out your nets, Simon Peter’s initial reaction was—it’s no use. We fished all night and caught nothing. It is the wrong time of day to catch fish now. I’ll have to dirty my nets again—for no reason…

Simon Peter was looking at circumstances—at the past, at logic and professional experience. But Jesus was saying, Look to Me, not circumstances. I know you have been striving a long time. I know you haven’t gotten what you were toiling for yet, but if you keep your eyes on Me and My word, you will. I want to bless you.

Against his better judgment Simon Peter gave up all he knew to be true to do what Jesus’ said. And soon there were so many fish, nets were beginning to tear, and two boats filled with fish, were on the verge of sinking.

What I learned from this passage (Luke 5:1-8 (NLT)):

  • God knows my struggles and wants to give more than I need
  • Listen and do what He tells me to do, even when it doesn’t seem logical
  • Don’t allow past failures to cloud my thinking and prevent future blessing
  • If God said it—He will do it!
  • God not only equips and empowers me to do what he says, a blessing is the end result.
  • Invite Jesus into my boat (life) and trust Him to take me into the deep
  • It’s my responsibility to believe, and God’s job to do the impossible
  • What God has done for one, He will do for all
  • God is limited only by my thinking
  • Do not rely on my knowledge, wisdom or strength for success, but on God’s
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