Is God calling you to do something that seems too hard, too scary, even downright impossible? Is He calling you to launch out into the deep and you’re resisting Him and His will for you because the shallow water feels so much safer, more secure, familiar, manageable, easier, more comfortable, and possible? Do you have a zillion reasons in your heart why there is just no way you’re going to obey Him at least this time around with this particular thing? Friend, IN THE STRENGTH OF CHRIST for THE GLORY OF CHRIST because HE IS LORD and HE KNOWS WHAT IS BEST and WILL GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO OBEY HIM, launch out. Yes, LAUNCH OUT!
When Jesus told the fishermen to launch out into the deep and to cast down their nets, Simon Peter made perfectly clear this would be foolish because they had been fishing all night and caught nothing. Know what he said next? This word is crucial. NEVERTHELESS. In other words, no matter what the fishermen thought and how impossible what Jesus was telling them seemed, THEY WOULD OBEY HIM! Turns out they caught more fish than imaginable, and Jesus used the whole experience to tell them they would learn how to catch people. In other words, they would preach and help build His Kingdom of followers. Why did the impossible become possible, and what is the lesson in this for you?
THE IMPOSSIBLE BECAME POSSIBLE because THIS TIME THEY WENT FISHING IN OBEDIENCE TO JESUS and their incredible catch was BECAUSE OF AND THROUGH AND FOR JESUS! And what was the key to their success? The word NEVERTHELESS. They were willing to lay aside their thoughts and feelings and to OBEY THE LORD. In spite of themselves! Despite themselves! Despite self!
Friend, when God calls you to do something, no matter how impossible it may seem, and no matter how hard and scary it may look, lay aside any and all resistance, debate, arguing, doubting, thoughts and feelings that come against what God is telling you, don’t be swayed by people’s opinions, and don’t listen to the devil trying to stop you.
OBEY GOD ALMIGHTY!
Do one thing and one thing alone. HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD ALMIGHTY, OBEY THE LORD, LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP in HIS STRENGTH for HIS GLORY, and FOLLOW THE LORD as HE LEADS YOU FORTH!
Father, please help us all to clearly hear you. Please help us to know your will for us day by day. Please give us a yearning to study your Word daily and to spend time in your presence. Please speak to our hearts personally your instructions for our lives. Please Father help us let go anything that is NOT your will, and please help us to be willing to DO YOUR WILL. Please, Lord, even when you call us to launch into the deep and to let down our nets, no matter our thoughts and feelings, help us to lay them down and obey you. Please fill those of us who follow you with your Holy Spirit and give us the courage to go forth!
Oh Lord, this is so hard and so scary at times. But you, dear Lord, didn’t tell those fishermen to launch out and then turn your back on them. You were there, oh Father, leading and guiding them forth. Do the same with us, dear Lord. Be with us. Help us to obey you. Help us to say “nevertheless” no matter the arguments of our flesh. Oh, we need your love, strength, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and so very much more. To you be all the glory, dear Father, AMEN!
“Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, 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. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”” Luke 5:3-10