Luke 5: 4-5
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. 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.”
It wasn’t that they had not worked hard.
It wasn’t that they had not been faithfully persistent.
It wasn’t that they were not prepared to make the sacrifice.
They had done all these things.
But they had nothing to show for all that they had done.
The question, “Is this it?” couldn’t even be asked.
There was nothing.
Jesus sees them washing their nets, taking all the salt off them, ready to do it all again.
This is what they did every day.
This was their life.
Working hard to fill a boat but at times working for nothing and then getting ready to work again.
They cannot give up, it is their livelihood.
It is what they do. It is their life. Even if they wanted to change, what would they do?
It is their life.
This is how it always is.
But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
Whatever this means for you today receive this word from Jesus …
“I know where all the fish are.”