when everything goes wrong

Luke Chapter 5

1-3 Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. He climbed into the boat that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd.

When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.”

5-7 Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.

8-10 Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon.

10-11 Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him.

It is interesting to note that these men spent all night fishing and failed to catch anything but at the word of Christ they caught a BIG catch.

  • You might have spent all night trying to catch your life; trying to get a hold of your life; following the rules, the principles and the system that says you fish during the night and yet have failed to catch even a minnow. you feel like a total failure and life seems hopeless.
  • However, at His right time, Christ will show up and give you a word, a commandment and you need to obey and do his bidding by faith because it might not make sense commercial fishing during the day BUT you will indeed obtain your BIG catch