New International Version (NIV)
"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."
What a wonderful word from the scriptures. We can draw a parallel of these scriptures that is applicable to us today. Notice, Jesus gave a clear instruction to Simon. He said, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon, later to be named Peter had spent all night fishing and caught nothing (Luke 5:5) and for this reason hesitated at first in obeying the command from the Lord. As we read in verse 6, we find that the results of his "hesitant" obedience produced a great harvest of fish and consequently a great day for business as the fish market would probably have been slower than normal assuming that other fisherman did not have a good night of fishing either. In other words, Simon had his needs met with abundance as he obeyed the Lord!
The parallel we can draw from this example is simple and practical. The Lord gave believers a clear command in Matthew 28:19, "go therefore and make disciple of all nations..." and Mark 16:15, "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." To all of us the Lord has already given clear instructions. Most of us hear the instructions and fail to obey, and yet a few of us hear the instructions and like Simon hesitating still choose to obey. The results of our hesitant obedience will also produce great harvest for the kingdom of God. Sometimes, the journey for the deep waters may be longer or faster depending on what type of seas you will encounter on the way; calm seas or rough seas. Both seas have much fish that are ripe for a catch for the fish rests beneath the surface of the water and the conditions above have nothing to do with their readiness for being caught. The fact of the matter lays on the fisher's ability to reach the deep waters and not on the fish. The journey to your "deep waters," the location Christ has called you to go, may be longer and more strenuous depending on the surface conditions of the seas. Yet, your catch is ready waiting solely on your act of obedience even if it be a hesitant obedience.
This parallel encourage us to persevere in Godly obedience. The Lord has called all of us to be part of his great "fishing trip." The harvest is not complete until we go, whether the conditions of the seas are favorable or not. The nets need to be cast, the gospel needs to be proclaimed in the calm as well as the rough seas. Let's pray and in asking God to give us our daily bread let's also ask Him to give us clear directions as to where we should go and let down our nets. Let all of us work at being more obedient to His commands.
Thiago Gonçalves Th.M.