Lent Day 21: Nevertheless

Jesus met Peter one morning after Peter had fished all night. Peter had fished all night and caught nothing. As Peter was cleaning up his nets this man who he didn’t know walked up and made a strange statement: “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

5 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.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 (Luke 5: 4-7)

Jesus had something to teach Peter and his friends that day. His ways don’t often make sense, but the outcome of obedience to Him is always good. My favorite statement in this passage is when Peter says, “Nevertheless.” If we are ever to follow Jesus to the places He wants to take us, then we have to develop a “nevertheless” attitude. It’s an attitude of belief. Jesus request didn’t make sense, but Peter did it anyway. Jesus’ requests of us don’t often fit in with our rationale, but He plays by different rules. He loves to take us beyond reason to places that only He can show up and provide a great outcome through our belief.

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