“You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing…And, He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him.” – Psalm 145:16, 19 NKJV.
You can trust the Lord God.
LAUNCH INTO THE DEEP
In Luke 5, we read the story of Simon Peter fishing. He had been up all night fishing and had caught nothing. NOTHING! He, a professional fisherman, had worked all night for nothing. His friends were into fishing. He lived in a fishing village. If anyone could make a catch, surely it was Peter. But he fished all night in vain.
We can easily relate to Peter. We have been up all night fishing unsuccessfully – the loneliness continues, the rebellious child has not returned home, the bills keep piling higher….and, you know how to fish! Your heart feels sick.
Jesus arrives on the scene. He is not known for being a professional fisherman. He was a carpenter’s son from landlocked Nazareth. Jesus did not own a boat. Had He ever cast a net? Yet He has the audacity to tell the fisherman two things to do – “launch into the deep and let the nets down for a catch” – (Luke 5:4).
Might He be saying the same to you? Launch into the deep. Let your net down. What is this deep? What is the net you need to lay down? Can you trust Him with these most vulnerable heart longings? These questions demand an answer.
THE MIGHTY LION OF JUDAH
Jesus is here with us. He was, He is, and He will be trustworthy. You can trust Him with the deep things – the wounds and disappointments in your past, the fears and uncertainties in your present, the heart desires and hopes for your future. Dare you launch into the deep?
DROP YOUR NETS – IT’S FISHING SEASON
And the nets?
The secure nets – the default actions and reactions,
the personal traditions and habits,
the independent way of thinking – these nets need to be dropped.
Letting down our nets releases another wave of insecurity or fear.
Sometimes layer after layer of nets must be released until we get to the secure place of TRUST.
Peter reminded Jesus that they had been fishing unsuccessfully all night long. Then he makes the all-important statement, “…at Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5). And as the story ends, they caught a great number of fish, so many that their nets were breaking from the tremendous catch.
Simon Peter heard the clear directive given by Jesus. He immediately responded in spite of his own experience with fishing. He then pulled in a massive, astonishing load of fish. Peter’s desire was abundantly fulfilled.
It is fishing season. Trust God in the deep. Release your net to Jesus. Listen. Hear. Obey. And, you will be astonished as you realize the desires of your heart.
We confess and meditate the following in Jesus’ mighty name:
• I will trust in the Lord, and He will give the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:3-4).
• I will not lean on my own understanding. I trust God to direct my steps (Proverbs 3:5-6).
• I will walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY