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Have you ever had to take a step out in faith further than you have ever had to go before; a step that came with uncertainty and, like Peter, maybe a little annoyance? Did it seem like what God was asking made little sense?
“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4 ESV
Jesus was showing Simon (Peter) that God moves when you step out in faith!
Step Out in Faith – Push Out Into the Deep
They had been fishing all day and caught nothing. They were cleaning up and ready to head home; tired, annoyed and probably worried about the lack of provision. I can only imagine the feeling of going home to their families empty handed after working so hard and for so long.
Along comes Jesus, who then climbs right on into Peter’s boat and has him push this boat out a little from shore so He can begin to teach the people.
When He was done speaking, I am sure Peter was thinking he could finally go home! But then Jesus tells him to push the boat out further into the deeper waters and let down their nets. Jesus basically tells him ‘let’s go fishing’!
Now Peter did argue a bit. He reasoned with Jesus some! He said in Luke 5:5:
“And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” ESV
Peter did and they took in so many fish into the two boats that they began to sink!
Peter said “At your word!”
In spite of the fact that Peter probably thought it was going to end up no different than the rest of the day IN HIS FLESH, his FAITH said otherwise! He took Jesus at His word!
Let Down Your Nets – Step Out in Faith
Now, Jesus could have just said the word and had fish jump into the boat right where they had been. He had the ability and the power to do so.
He knew Peter had caught nothing all day and was tired and fed up.
But He didn’t just have fish jump on the boat and make it easy for Peter.
He needed Peter to move. He needed Peter to step out in faith and trust Him even when he felt like just packing things in and going home.
If He was going to use Peter in ministry and to grow His church, He needed to see that Peter trusted Him and was willing to put feet to his faith.
We often pray for God to bless our marriages, our ministries and our work, but then we don’t want to take the risks or do the work. We often get like Peter and feel like “Lord, I have already done so much! It hasn’t helped!”
But God wants us to cast out our nets, step out in faith and be READY for the haul.
I am not talking about worldly risks! I am talking about the kind of risk where God asks you to step out of your comfort zone and get in the boat with Him and go fishing!
The kind of risk where God asks you to step out of the boat and walk on the water to Him!
God wants to see our faith in action. He wants us to move out further in our faith, into the deep waters and prepare for His blessings.
Let Down Your Nets – When God Moves In Your Life
When we see God move in our lives, it increases our faith and allows us to step out further in that faith.
“And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”” ESV
When Peter stepped out of the boat to walk to Jesus on the water, he stayed afloat as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. The moment he took his eyes off Jesus and put them onto his situation, his faith faltered and he began to sink.
How often do we keep moving forward and then, once we feel opposition, we begin to sink?
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
Keep your eyes on Jesus and keep moving toward Him. God moves when step out in faith!
God moves in our ministry when we step out of the boat and do what He asks of us, no matter how uncomfortable it may be or what opposition we may face.
He moves in our marriages when we are willing to do the hard work of praying for someone who, quite honestly, we don’t feel much like praying for.
God moves in our grief when we are willing to trust Him and choose to see what He might be doing in our pain, even when it doesn’t make sense to the world.
Let down your nets and get ready to see God move when you step in faith!
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Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved
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