Let Down Your Nets

My Son's Six-Pounder

How goes your summer fishing?  A few times over the summer, my son and I abandoned the a/c to hook a few bass and catfish.  On one occasion, my son reeled in a nice six-pounder (see picture on right).  You know the excitement I’m talking about, the zig, the zag, the lively force at the end of a tight line.  Addicting—isn’t it?  We love to use plastic worms, spinner baits, flukes and rattle traps.  If only the fish loved them as much.  Fishing can frustrate the most dedicated and the hardest working anglers.

Case in point:

3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat. 4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”               

Luke 5:3-5

Simon Peter caught fish for a living, so we know that the man knew a few things about fishing.  They had been working all night—when the fish should’ve been biting—and had caught nothing.  Now they had come back to shore and had carefully dried and folded the nets to, finally,” call it a day.”  Well, better luck next time.

Caught on the Banjo Minnow

Some of the men must have questioned the Carpenter.  After all, he might know how to make a chair, but what could he possibly know about landing fish?  Fishing was their calling, their expertise, their domain.  They were tired, ready to go home and get some shut-eye.  But beyond belief and good reason, Peter uttered six of the best spoken words in the Bible, “I will do as You say.”

May we follow Peter’s example and simply obey.  When we’re tired, when we’re tempted, when hope seems gone, when the fish have stopped biting, let’s not forget Who’s in control of our universe.

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4 Responses to Let Down Your Nets

  1. internet elias says:

    I love this example of learning to Trust the Word. Simon responded to Christ’s command by thinking in the natural. Christ was teaching him to think in the Spritual….to believe what God says. Belief is counted/measured/weighed/judged as righteousness.

    Good thoughts. Thanks.


  2. dk Levick says:

    And the catch was so great they had to call in their fellow fishermen to fill their boats as well. Now that’s what I call catching not fishing. Great post Scott, enjoyed it. ps nice bass

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