Published By Deborah Negron M.A., B.S.
He meets us at our point of need….
1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
The men had toiled all night. They were tired. They had lost sleep. They had been throwing the nets. Serious physical labor. They had their fill of exhaustion. They knew their job. They knew how to do it. They were skilled in their life career. They were seasoned fishermen.
But the interesting thing thay had caught nothing.
Ever toil all week at work, at family responsibilities? Ever do all you can to make it and come back exhausete, frustrated, tired, hungry and spent?
Well Peter was just that. He was beat. He even stated his point first….
We have been out all night and caught nothing.
But then I love his response….it is as the response of many at first. God does not really care for my issues. I am not that important. I am not one who holds that much value. I am a weak christian walking and slipping. Trying and failing at life. I am a person who manages to do a lot and have nothing to show for it.
Well let me tell you about Jesus.
He sees and recognizes all your striving to move forward. He understands that you have tried and failed. But he does not condemn you. Nor does he criticize your efforts. He calls you to come. Then he says cast your net. That is with me by your side. Come on try again, let me be your strength. Let me be the. Onee who manages your actions and leads you in wht and how yo do it.
It does not matter that you have been toiling in the works of religion. Working dilligently to be a good person. It does not matter that you have made every human effort and fallen flat on your face.
In Christ Jesus there is Grace.
In him there is an opportunity to stand and try again and have succes.
You see following his master plan will bring you a great catch. You will receive fruiit for your labor. Rest for your weary soul.
Those fishermen were fishing outside their boats as a final attempt to catch a couple of fish they could eat. They were starving after all their work…
Christ is the bread of life that feeds the soul. Those men were tired and possibly thirsty. The sea air and the taste of salt was what filled their mouths. Yet Christ is the living, fresh, water that quenches the soul.
He is the strength that allows us to do. Again and be again and. Be counted as having accomplished something when we turn our ears toward him and obey his call.
he enables us to break through the mundane and reach an abundant life…
A life where others will have to come and help carry the weight of the blessings that he will pour out on us.
Peter had to call others to come and help him with the magnitude of the nets for they were filled above capacity.
Don’t you want you life to be blessed beyond your highest expectations? Of course you do. Come, the Master is calling to you. Come and be filled. He will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory.
He will give you peace in the midst of lfe’s storms. Hope that is eternal. Joy that is will be your strength, courage to battle the issues ahead with confidence that you are on the winning side.
Oh come let him fill your nets. Let him fill your heart with his amazing grace. His mercy will find yu at your point of need and he will sustain you.
Come he wants to save you and give you more than what your mind can understand. He wants to give you his love.
Come, the Master is calling.