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Luke 5: 5”And Simon answering said unto him “Master we have toiled all night, and have taken nothing, nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”  

 Prior to becoming full time disciples of Jesus, Peter, James, and John were fishermen by trade. They knew the fishing business. They knew the sea of Galilee . They knew where the fish were and where they were not. They knew that the time for fishing was at night…not usually during the heat of the day. Yet, they had fished the whole night before and had caught nothing.   Jesus had entered one of the ships and requested Simon to thrust out a little from the shore . [We know, as did Jesus that sound travels much better across water] He taught the people out of theship. However, the teaching wasn’t over. When he had finished the lesson, he told Simon, ”Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  

Can you imagine what must have been going through Simon Peter’s mind at that moment. ”What? Let down our nets? That makes no sense! This Jesus is certainly a good teacher, but he obviously knows nothing about fishing”. I suspect at that same moment he might have remembered how Jesus previously healed his mother-in-law. So he says, “Master we have toiled all night and taken nothing: ”NEVERTHELESS” at thy word….”.   When you’ve toiled all night, when you’ve done all you can do, when there seems to be nothing else left to do but wash your nets and wait, hoping for better days and better times to come…isn’t it comforting to know that God is in complete control.  Maybe you are discouraged, your backs against the wall, and you really need a ”big catch” because you have bills due, the bank wants their money, you have to fill the gas tank, and the kids need things for school. If so, know that we have a Savior who has not, nor will he ever leave us or forsake us and he is calling to us saying, ”Launch out into the deep”.   Take a few moments to examine where you are spiritually, emotionally, and financially.  Be willing to move in obedience by hearing and doing his Word. You see, Simon changed his location because in order to receive what Jesus intended for him…he had to obey!   Against all that made sense to Simon, he said ”NEVERTHELESS”. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. If we are to experience the ”great catch”, there will be times when we must say, NEVERTHELESS, at thy Word Lord I will let down my net. You see up to that moment, their main purpose was the their own lives and their fishing company. It all changed when Simon had his ”NEVERTHELESS” moment. It became all about Jesus. Verse 11 tells us that “they forsook all and followed him.”  Jesus said, ”Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  May we all say, ”NEVERTHELESS” Lord, I will follow you!”  

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