The first catch

Let’s back up a few years from yesterdays’ post. Jesus met Peter one day while he was preaching. After he finished he asked Peter to do something that didn’t make sense. Peter questions Jesus.

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “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. 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.

A good question to consider today is, “What is Jesus asking us to reply “Nevertheless” to? What is it that seems unreasonable to us that Jesus wants to enter into and take us to a new place of belief in Him? For Peter and the guys it was an invitation to fish for men. What is it for you?

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