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. (Luke 5:5 KJV)
Reading the verse of Scripture above again👆 gave me the shudders. As simple as it looks, it is one loaded verse that got me inspired; and I can’t but wonder how many times I had come across this part of Scripture in the past without the indepth revelation I got this time. Simon Peter’s response to Jesus’ instruction to let down his net in this particular verse is one embedded with total surrender and trust in the Master.
You see, according to what I found out, it didn’t make common sense to fish during the day in that particular river because of the clarity of the water. And that is why they were there to catch whatever they could at night. They had to stay there all night hoping that the fish will fall into their trap but Lo, it didn’t happen.
Talk about knowledge failing you…
However, when Jesus asked Him to cast the net into the river, he didn’t say that he wanted to start his research about best fishing practices. He didn’t decide to consult “google” or the encyclopedia for the workability of the instruction given him.
In case you still do not understand my point, Peter was a scholar/professional in the area of fishing. He had probably schooled in the College of fish-farming and had a lengthy cognate experience in the fish industry (probably almost as long as the span of his life).
Peter however chose to believe the One who made fish and granted man wisdom for fishing. He didn’t argue with the Lord. He just obeyed by casting the net as he had been instructed to.
His simple obedience earned him the biggest breakthrough / largest catch of his career; at the most unusual time for even the smallest catch of fish.
When God’s Word goes forth, natural laws are defied. God’s Word overrides the norm. God’s Word is not limited by what has been. God’s Word creates whatever needs to be created to allow for movements and activities as it pleases God.
When God steps into your affairs, protocols will be broken for your sake because, with God, nothing shall be impossible.
On the other hand, I need to draw your attention to something really interesting that happened that morning when Peter had an encounter with the Lord (based on the KJV Presentation) …
Simon let down the net, not nets as the Master had commanded probably because he thought to himself that he should just try if it would really work for him.
Is God impressing it on your heart to jump into a certain ‘river’ and you have been busy testing the waters out of fear of drowning in the unknown depths? It’s time to say to the Lord, “How deep should I go?” because He is saying to you, “Jump!”
Divine instructions that usually result in amazing testimonies sometimes seem unreasonable or irrational but you can be sure that the result of following the instructions can only be superb.
God is moving you into a new season. To transit therein, however, you need to do the following:
… Choose to trust God unswervingly. Understand that God is interested in every detail of your life and He has your best interest at heart. He cares about you; much more than you do for yourself. He can never go wrong with matters that concern you. Whatever option He hands out to you is the best you could ever opt for.
… Let the Word of God move you. Let the Word carry more weight than your intellect and knowledge when making considerations for decision making. Forget about what has worked or hasn’t in the past. Hold on to the dynamic Word of God to you today.
… When the Lord does what He had promised you, don’t be selfish with the resultant blessings. From the Biblical story under consideration here, you see Peter and his men beckoned on other fishermen to help them. They got help yet theirs and their partners’ boats began to sink from the enormous catch of fish. Can you then imagine what would have happened if they had tried to hoard the blessings? They must have drowned from an overload on their boat. Don’t have the mentality of becoming an oppressor once you enter your season of breakthrough. If you do, you might rob yourself of the blessings God had planned for you because He is interested in our motives and He blesses man so that he can be a blessing. You do yourself no good by being selfish.
“Knowledge is power”, they say. But revelation is such a dynamite that can completely transform your life. Divine revelation is what you need most for that earth – shaking breakthrough that you desire. Trust God for direction as you journey through each day.