Try Again

Have you been doing everything you are supposed to do and getting no results? Are you praying, fasting, and putting action to your faith and still experiencing disappointment, frustration, and failure? Jesus’s disciples were in such a situation in Luke 5. They had fished all night and caught nothing, but God had an on-time word for them, and he has an on-time word for you.

When the Word Enters Your Boat

One day, as Jesus was preaching the Word of God by the Lake of Gennesaret, a great crowd surrounded him. And since they were hungry, they pressed in on him to hear his words, so Jesus decided to teach them from one of the local fisherman’s boats.

“And (he) saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets” (Luke 5:2 KJV). These fishermen had fished all night and had caught nothing. No doubt, they were discouraged, but Jesus took notice of them.

One of these fishermen was Simon Peter, and Jesus entered his boat, “and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship” (verse 3). Jesus entered in the midst of Peter’s emptiness and disappointment, and when the Word of God enters your ship, miracles are bound to happen.

Launch Out Into the Deep

Peter did not realize that he was sowing into the Gospel when he lent Jesus his boat. Now God was about to bless him with a sudden and unexpected harvest. And when Jesus finished preaching, he told Peter, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your NETS for a draught” (verse 4).

The Holy Spirit is talking to someone right now who is on the verge of giving up. Try again and take another step of faith. Your determination will pay off. Gather your nets, exploit your resources, and launch out into the deep. Don’t think shallow. God is challenging your confidence in him. Launch out into the deep and watch him do the impossible. He will reward your obedience to his word.

Trust God’s Word

But Peter was doubtful. Was Jesus really telling him to return to the same spot where he caught nothing? Lord, we have fished all night and caught nothing, he said, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the NET” (verse 5). Peter decided he had worked too hard cleaning all those nets, so he would only test the waters and let down one net.

Jesus had told Peter to let down his NETS because he knew what Peter had. God will never ask you to use something or do something you cannot do. You may not have much, but if God is in your boat, you have everything you need to get your breakthrough.
A Boat-Sinking Breakthrough

So, Peter let down one net. “And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their NET brake” (verse 6). There were so many fish that Peter’s net broke. Who is ready for a net-breaking, boat-sinking miracle? Are your nets ready? “Prove me now,” says the Lord, if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you will not have room enough to receive (Malachi 3:10).

Even though Peter only let down one net, God was merciful. “And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink” (verse 7).

Because of your sacrifice and obedience, God will bless everybody connected to you. You and the people around you – your family, ministry supporters, or business partners – are about to reap a harvest for your hard work. Your labor has not been in vain. God has taken notice of you and will reward you with a blessing that will overtake you.

Trust him. It will work this time. You may have fished all night and caught nothing, but the Miracle Worker has just stepped into your boat. And he is saying to you, don’t give up. You are too close to your breakthrough. Try again.

God bless,
Pastors Sean and Aimee Pinder

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