Daily Devotional: Day 4
“When he [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water, and let down the nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4, NIV).
Today’s Scripture reminds us of Jesus’ instructions to Peter, the fisherman. Jesus had just finished teaching the Word of God from Peter’s boat. Peter knew what he was doing – or so he thought – but Jesus challenged him to launch his net one more time – into the deep. You see, Jesus cares about your success, including the success of your career or professional life. Some people have the habit of failing. When failure becomes a habit, it impairs our judgement and we fail to see new possibilities. Superficiality is the precursor to failure. When you’re not willing to dig deeper and explore new opportunities, you resign yourself to whatever life throws at you. This should not be your life.
Jesus has instructions for you – to make you happy and productive – if you would heed his voice. When Jesus told Peter to launch his net into the deep, Peter’s excuse was that he had tried hard earlier. But, you know what, success isn’t just about trying hard. A lot of people work hard, yet they still come up empty. Peter worked hard all night and still caught nothing. Don’t get me wrong. Working hard is excellent, but hard work alone does not guarantee success. A productive life is the result of obeying God’s voice and being at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, doing the right thing. Your time is valuable. Don’t waste it on unproductive ventures. For you, a Christian, that means avoiding a superficial approach to life and being willing to launch into new and deeper territories. Ask God to show you when, how and where to launch into the deep for a great catch.
My Father in heaven, you want the best for me. Show me where to cast my net for a great catch. Take me deeper in love. Take me deeper in your blessings. Take me deeper in the Spirit’s anointing. Take me deeper in your Word. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Genesis 12:1-4; 13:7-17