Jesus Calls His First Disciples
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.
2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
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. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
LET DOWN YOUR NET ~
Faith and hope goes along with this story above. It wasn't just the fish, but the fact that Jesus spoke into action fish for the people. An example of a miracle which took place and the history that follows this story. Just spoke and it happened! Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid: from now on you will fish for people".
Let us take this story from a fish, to you who wait for Jesus to answer your prayer. Maybe it isn't a net of fish, but is a net of something. Looking head is often hard to do and requires faith to take over. A little faith goes a long way and new beginnings can happen. Each day of our lives we are faced with new things and challenges in different areas. God is the still the God of hope, hears your heart and wants the best for you. He wants to hand out a prayer answered and you can see the reflection of that prayer. God's timing is not always our timing in life.
It sounds so simple that Jesus said, "let down your net". So easy and yet the wonder of the fish entering the net might be hard to believe. Yet, the story is there and it is true. It's not just another fish story, but the power of God and how miracles happen. Take advantage of your prayer time and ask God largely, plus believe big. Wait on Jesus and let him answer right on time. The process of change does often take time and we are to be patient. It's not to late to believe again and ask largely of God.
Today I pray for you, your family and friends. That whatever you face, you face it with hope!