HOST: Michael Whitworth
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
The power of “one more time.” That, in a sense, is the lesson that Jesus was teaching the apostles (and us) in this scene. Despite the fact that the apostles had fished all night with no success, Jesus had the power to give them an enormous catch, but it required their willingness to cast their nets one more time. They had to be willing to trust Him enough to make the effort, and they were. How often during their lives, when they were frustrated and discouraged, must they have thought back on this event and tried one more time. As we struggle with life and its challenges, the principle of “one more time” is relevant for us as well. We must learn to trust God and make the effort to overcome temptation, repent of our sins, talk to someone about Christ—one more time. It may be that that time is the time when we find success through Christ.
What have you become discouraged by in your life that deserves another try?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!