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Cast your net into the deep

on September 6, 2011

Over the past week I felt drained and felt like withdrawing from friends and family. I felt spiritually, emotionally and physically drained and struggled to get my strength back or to get on track. I tried to recall what triggered this and realised that I was busy being busy. Yes I had prayer sessions, healed the sick and encouraged a few but basically I was busy being busy.

In Luke 5 the Word tells us about the Lord being busy with His Fathers work. A crowd as usual followed him and he moved unto one of the boats to put distance between himself and the crowd. He then continued to teach them. Sometimes we are too close to either people or a situation to do any good. If that is the case we need to move away and put a little distance between ourselves and the situation of others.

On the other side whilst moving from the crowd Jesus put himself into the situation of the fisherman. He was on the lake where they could not catch any fish and he was on their boat which was their livelihood. Maybe on that particular day the boat symbolised no provision and disappointment. Hope and despair might have been in the hearts of these fishermen. How do we provide for our families today? What are we going to eat?

It looks like either way Jesus faced people in need of one thing or the other, whether on land or on the lake. Did you ever face circumstances in your life where you feel that all around you people are in need of something and looking at you for the answers?

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour
(Isaiah 61: 1: 3).

The Lord has put on us to “bind up the broken hearted; proclaim freedom to captives; proclaim good news and to bring joy to those in morning”; and we wonder why people wants to be around you. You wonder why you feel drained at times. We need to fulfil the mandate that Christ has given us. We also need to remember that the Spirit our helper will fill our cup if it feels like we running on empty. So ask the Lord to fill your cup.

After breaking bread (ministering) with the crowd on land Jesus turned to those on the boat and asks them to cast their nets into the deep. The fisherman had a choice of either obeying Jesus or to refuse his request. They were experienced fishermen. They might have gone fishing since they were young and knew the exact conditions of the lake. From the scripture it looked like night time was the opportune time for fishing. Jesus now told experienced fishermen to fish during the day. He told experienced fishermen how to do their work.

We do things for years and sometimes without success. We might receive advice from inexperience people and we might ask ourselves – Who are they to tell me what and how to do things? What do they know? We might refuse or decide to give it a try. If we look at the scripture we see that Jesus was very specific – “Put out into deep water”. We sometimes need to move out of the shallow waters- out of or comfort zone- into the deep. We need to move away from the routine to the unfamiliar. At times we need to listen to what others are saying to us and not always question their experience or knowledge. We will learn that others might teach you a thing or two.

Spirit filled Christians like Jesus received a word of knowledge, which might direct your life if you willing to allow them to speak into your life or your situation. Jesus knew that throwing the net into the deep would bring a change into the conditions and circumstances of these fishermen. He changed their physical circumstances and at the same time he touched their heart and spirit.

So what can we find in obedience to the Lord’s voice? The Fishermen found food or provision; they found their spirits lifted from desperation to joy; they found themselves amazed by the wonder of the abundance; they found themselves able to share with partners; they found themselves overtaken by provision, grace and blessings; they found themselves highly favoured.

Cast your net into the deep and find your situation changed as well as yourself being provided for. Take a step of faith, leave the shallow waters

Luke 5: 1-6. Jesus Calls His First Disciples

1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.


2 responses to “Cast your net into the deep

  1. thank you for an inspiring read!

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