When You Have Nothing Left…Hold On to Your Nets

How many of you have prayed for something and God still hasn’t answered? It is so easy to give up when things just aren’t going our way. Can you hold on for just a  little longer?

I hope that you can find some inspiration from a short story found in Luke. Jesus had been speaking to the multitudes and such a large crowd had formed that he had to get into a boat in order to speak to them all more easily. Luke 5 says, “[Jesus] saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.” (vs. 2) “When [Jesus] had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ 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’.” (vs. 4,5)

Simon and his friends has been fishing all night long. It was now morning. They were probably tired and very discouraged from their lack of catch. Fishing was their livelihood, without fish, there wouldn’t be any wages for the day. However, Jesus already knew the need.  He wasn’t interested in their report. I’d like to know what he was thinking when Jesus told Him to “launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Knowing myself and my struggles with faith I would’ve thought, “Is He kidding? I’ve been up all night. There weren’t any fish before and there isn’t going to be any now. Why should I believe this guy?” I’m sure Simon had heard who Jesus was, but did He believe Jesus was who He said He was. Like most of us, Simon had a choice. He could be obedient and trust the Christ or he could be disobedient and trust himself.

(I don’t know about you, but I can’t trust my own abilities a lick. So I’m choosing option 1.)

See the flesh will always choose what is easy. It’s so easy to give up when things aren’t going our way or we’ve been praying for years and our prayers go unanswered. Simon had to go against his fleshly nature. He decided to give God a try. Tired, dirty, and stinky, he stepped back into his boat and as the Bible says, “when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.” (vs. 6, 7)

Think about it: Their blessing was right around the corner and they could have easily missed it! We can’t see around the bend, but trust that God can. He knows what will come your way if you just continue to “pray without ceasing”. Continue in your obedience and faith. Oftentimes, God is already answering prayer we just haven’t seen the fruits of it yet. Most of the time, He has you in the preparation stages because get ready, when God pours out His blessing He’s going to need you to be strong enough to catch it!

One last thing that cannot go without saying. At the end of the story, Simon falls before the Lord and says, ” ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’ to which the Lord replies, ‘Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.’ 11 So when [Simon Peter and his friends, James and John] had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” When God answers your prayers, don’t forget to acknowledge Him. God works all things to His glory so that He can be praised and so that others [like James and John] will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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One thought on “When You Have Nothing Left…Hold On to Your Nets

  1. jane finnegan says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog Jennifer. Keep writing and sharing your insights and thoughts. You are a terrific writer!
    Jane

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