Luke 5:4-6, 9,11
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 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.”
6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;
11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
Peter worked hard all night to catch fish, but he was not successful in his work, he could not catch any fish. At such a despairing moment, Jesus comes into the boat of Simon Peter. Peter provided space for Jesus to sit in his boat and preach to the people. After the speech, Jesus asks Peter to cast his net into the deep waters for a catch. Peter was skeptic about throwing his net because he remembered his hard toil in the last night had been in vain. Nevertheless, he obeyed the word of Jesus and cast the net into the deep water.
In fact, Peter was doing something really stupid from a human point of view! He knew there was no fish since he could catch no fish despite hard toil! He had all probabilities of being embarrassed before his companions, but he obeyed Jesus. And indeed Peter was successful, they caught a large number of fish and their nets were breaking!
There are two cases here:
1. Peter working hard all night
2. Peter working with Jesus on his boat
In the first case, Peter was toiling alone and His humanly skills were at work. But he could not find any success.
In the second case, He had Jesus with him. After he gave place for Jesus in his boat, his toil became successful.
Today, is Jesus with us on the boat? Or Are we toiling alone?
Despite hard work, if we feel dejected, we need to examine the position of Jesus in our life. Are we dependent on our skills and efforts or in the power of God in our life?
Now, we may have a question:
Peter was toiling alone all these years, he was catching fish in the past years and he may have been successful in the past too. After all, what difference does it make?
Ans:- Yes, he was alone in the past! But the ‘catch of fish’ with Jesus left him and his companions ‘astounded’! It was not a natural ‘catch’! It was such a beautiful experience that when they had brought the nets to land, they left everything and followed Jesus!
Are we ready to let Jesus into our boat? Will we give a place for Him with us in boat?
Forget being foolish and obey the word of God! – For Toiling with Christ is a beautiful experience!