When Jesus Comes on Board
One day Jesus ‘…saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats…belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then He sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 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.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break’ (vv 2-6 NIV).
Are you sitting today where Peter sat?
Your outlook is bleak, your nets are empty, you’ve tried everything you know and you’re ready to give up?
It happens; you get to the place where you simply stop expecting anything good. You’ve experienced too many disappointments and you’re afraid to dream, reach, stretch, or broaden your horizons. Jesus knows how hard you’ve tried and today He’s inviting you to try again—this time with Him.
Even though you’re wrestling with depression and tormenting memories, loss, unemployment, addiction, financial failure, or sickness, the Lord of new beginnings wants to come on board. If you let Him, He will show you what to do. Now, what He says may not initially make sense to you. But if you’re willing to respond like Peter—‘Because You say so, I will’—you’re on the threshold of a miracle. Today, invite Jesus on board and watch how your situation changes.
‘He got into one of the boats…belonging to Simon…’ Luke 5:3 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Hosea 5:16, 6; 7:14; 10:12; 14:8-9
I will return again to my place, when they acknowledge their guilt & seek my face, & in their distress earnestly seek me! For I desire steadfast love & not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. They do not cry to me from the heart! Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your hard ground, for it is time to seek the Lord that he may come & rain righteousness upon you! It is I who answer & look after you! I am an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit! Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right, & the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.
It is my prayer for you that you would understand His way & seek God earnestly today! He has shown you what you must do! Seek Him today! Never delay!