“When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, ‘Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.’ Simon said, ‘Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.'” Luke 5:4-5
Picture it: there you are, trying as hard as you can to make a catch. You’ve been a fisherman all your life, as was your father and your father’s father before you. You know these waters like the back of your hand, and know the fish which swim here. You know how to catch these fish!
Suddenly, a carpenter from another village (which was landlocked!) starts trying to tell you what to do. The nerve! What does he know about fishing, anyway? What if you tried to tell Him how to make a table?
But Peter knew enough to trust the Master. And, as it turned out, He was trying to give more than a fishing lesson. He was trying to show Peter, and us, where He wants us go so we can do what He has called us to.
We have to go deeper.
We have to venture deeper into His word, into prayer, into fellowship with Him. We will never be effective in reaching our God-given potential if we keep up only a surface relationship with the Master. It will take time, effort, and trust, but oh, the results will be more than we could ever dream!
How is He calling you into deeper waters today?