God gave me a beautiful revelation of hope and encouragement that i thought id share.
i just love how the Spirit sometimes opens up your eyes to scripture when you read it and it just makes so much sense. that's when i immediately reach for my pen and start writing everything God whispers into my ear.
this is the deal.
Jesus is teaching from Simon's boat. crowds are gathered to hear him teach the Word.
when he is done, he turns to Simon and says v4 "now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets to catch some fish"
v5 - 10 '“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”
And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!
A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said,
“Oh, Lord, please leave me — I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.”
For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”'
life is super disappointing sometimes. it doesnt always work out the way we want it to, we don't always get what we want, when we want it.
you've maybe thrown your net into the water so many times and caught nothing.
so when Jesus urges us to let down our nets AGAIN, we are filled with doubt and apprehension. we don't have much hope for things to turn out differently than they have in the past.
but we know who Jesus is and we love him so we say "if you say so Jesus". a little seed of hope remains. perhaps Jesus knows what He's doing.
a little bit of faith can take you where it is deeper.
one day, you will cast out your net, and He will fill it way beyond your expectation.
and you will be filled with awe, humbled at the sight of this God that blesses abundantly, more than we deserve.
do not lose hope.
perhaps you just need to trust Him again, go out where its deeper, where the perspective is a bit different.
let down your nets one more time.