Gone Fishing

Read: Luke 5:1-16

By: Barb Jordan

“Jesus is the hope of the world and the local church is the vehicle of expressing that hope to the world.”— Andy Stanley

One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 

He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

“ Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking (Luke 5:1-7).

The lesson we can take from this is that Jesus is providing for our spiritual hunger through His word and He also promised to provide for our physical needs. Jesus cares about every aspect of our lives.

I remember a time, when my girls were very young, my husband and I took them fishing one Sunday afternoon. It just so happened that day the fish were very hungry. The girls were catching fish faster than their dad could bait their hooks. They got so excited. They were jumping up and down in amazement. My youngest got so excited she threw her fishing pole in the lake.

Oh, what a wonderful day it was. Unknown to them, their dad had been fishing there the day before and knew that if he took them to that particular spot, they would catch a lot of fish. Even though the girls couldn’t see the fish, they believed in their Dad’s wisdom and threw their lines in the water.

They caught an abundance of fish that day because they trusted and obeyed their father. Just as the fishermen in our scripture took Jesus at His word and trusted and obeyed Him, He blessed them with an amazing catch of fish.

Also, in Luke 5:10, Jesus told Simon that from now on he would be fishing for people. Because my oldest daughter heard and answered God’s call to her, He allowed her the privilege of leading her dad to the Lord.

We must never give up or be tired of being the hands and feet of Jesus.

How can we do this?

By reading and heeding the word of God. By studying Christ’s life through the Gospels. By spending time in prayer, asking God to lead and guide us.

We must go out and show Jesus with the word.

Do this like someone’s life depends on it. Because it does. Will you answer the call?

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