Today’s Reading: Luke 5
I have a prayer I pray that a pastor friend from Alabama taught me. It goes like this: “Lord, the answer is yes even before You ask.”
I want to be able to say yes to the Lord at all times. I want you to be able to do that too, so let me talk to you about fishing and your yes, Lord agreement.
I don’t really fish. I have been fishing but I am by no means a fisherman nor do I enjoy it.
You always hear of people telling their fish story where the fish seems to get bigger and bigger the more they tell it. In actuality they caught Nemo, but over time they hooked Jaws.
Today’s reading shows us a great fish story. This one is Peter’s:
Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 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. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 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.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken. (Luke 5:1-9)
Don’t miss those first few words, because they are significant.
Jesus saw two boats (verse 2).
He got into one boat (verse 3).
He saw two, He got into one. This leaves me with the question, had I been there, would it have been my boat He got into?
Why is that important? It’s important because that’s the boat the miracle came from. That’s the boat that had the big fish story attached to it. That’s the boat that caught so many fish that the net broke.
But something else happened. Verse 7 says when the fishermen saw that the net was breaking, “they signaled to their partners in the other boat.” That’s boat number 2 of the story—the boat that wasn’t chosen. Peter received the miracle; the other boat received the overflow.
The other boat didn’t have Jesus preach from it.
The other boat didn’t have Jesus challenge them to go out deeper.
The other boat didn’t hear fishing commands from a carpenter.
The other boat got to participate with the fish.
The other boat did not get a fish story but they got to tell another man’s fish story.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized . . .
I want God to choose me.
I want God to pick my boat.
I want God to pick my family.
I’m tired of telling other people’s fish stories. I’m tired of getting to experience other people’s obedience.
It’s time for me to go out deeper.
It’s time for me to hear from God for myself.
It’s time for me to let the carpenter tell the experienced man, “You don’t know everything, do what I say.”
It’s time for me to get my own fish story.
Tired of secondhand fish stories? There are always two boats ready! It’s time for you to say, “Yes, Lord! Use my boat, Jesus!”