“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake” (Luke 5:4-6).
Peter had been at it long and hard. He had weathered many storms in his profession and could claim a degree of boasting for his experience; knowing that he knew what he was doing, what he was supposed to do, and how he was supposed to do it. As far as the equipping, Peter was well-prepared to succeed in life.
However, much preparation and experience, time, and effort had proven to Peter that the going was not always easy. Peter had faced many disappointments before and he could recognize the old familiarity of failure.
Peter had toiled once again through another starless night on the sea of life, and had taken nothing. His efforts came up short. He had nothing to show for his labor and no hope for the day as he wearily washed his net, removing trash and refuse, but no fish. Where would his next meal come from? How could he face his family, being empty and undone – a failure of a man?
“Nevertheless,” Peter said. He had faith in the promise of God. Undoubtedly, Peter and his partners had begun their fishing trip with a prayer for a bountiful catch. Though Peter confessed that he was a failure – his experience of toiling had proven this to be true – Peter also had faith in the promise of Christ. “At thy word I will let down the net.” His act of faith was met by the promise being fulfilled.
Child of God, are you praying for a miracle catch? Are you listening intently for the Voice of God to direct your steps? Do not allow the past experiences of failure to prevent you from acting in faith. Listen to the Words of our Lord as He says to you: “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
Then prepare to receive your miracle catch.