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At Thy Word
And when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answered and said, Master, we toiled all night, and took nothing: but at thy word I will let down the nets. (Luke 5:4-5)
We all know the story. Peter is washing his nets when Jesus comes up. With no prearrangements, no reservations, no security preparations, Jesus conducts a one service crusade using Peter’s boat. Then, He tells Peter to cast out his nets. The result was a supernatural catch
Have you ever looked at this story from St. Peter’s perspective?
Peter and his brother, Andrew, had spent the entire night fishing and had caught nothing. Now, Peter was a business man. He and Andrew were not fishing for relaxation. They were not fishing because they liked seafood. They were fishing to support Mrs. Peter and Mrs. Andrew and all the little Peters and Andrews. And they caught nothing.
This was an economic disaster. They were going to pay a price for not catching fish. In today’s thought, they were going to have to struggle to pay their electric bill. The doctor was going to have to wait for payment. And cable, forget about it! All because they caught no fish.
Then Jesus comes. Ever wonder what Jesus taught about? We know that what Jesus taught about most often was the Kingdom of God. But what did He say? Maybe He talked about economics. Maybe He taught the as citizens of the Kingdom of God, we participate in a different economy—God’s economy.
I remember one day I told a friend of mine that I do not participate in the economy of the United States. He looked at me like he thought my last brain cell had died. He pointed out that I have a job, I am buying a house, I pay utilities, and I buy groceries. “How is it that you do not participate in the economy?” he asked.
I told him that I did not say that I do not participate in any economy, but that I refuse to participate in the US economy. See, the US economy is based on “gimme, gimme, take, take”. It runs on what I can get from you and saving and scrimping and hoping I will have enough. It is based on the idea of “whoever dies with the most toys wins”.
The truth is that the one who dies with the most toys is dead! No, I choose to participate in God’s economy. God’s economy is diametrically opposed to the world’s economy. God’s economy is based on give, give, give. Proverbs 11.24 warns us, “There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.”
Now, that is the exact opposite of what we are trained to think. When, as children, we get ten or twenty dollars, we are told to save it. We are taught that wealth comes from saving and investing and from the crafty handling of money. “Keep what you have,” we are told. “Save for a rainy day.”
God says, “Give to every one that asketh thee…give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6.30, 38)Maybe that is what Peter heard that day. Perhaps these words, or words like them, burned in the heart of this devout Jewish man. But he had caught no fish. There was nothing to sell at the market. There would be no money today.
When Jesus finished teaching, He sent Peter into deeper water. Then, He said, “Cast your nets.” Now, Peter must have thought that Jesus had lost His mind. This Carpenter turned itinerate preacher had just told Peter the Fisherman to cast his nets on the wrong side of the boat at the wrong time of day. Peter the Fisherman had spent the night doing it the right way and had caught nothing. Now Jesus the Carpenter tells him to do it the wrong way.
Peter saw something else. Instead of seeing Jesus the Carpenter, Peter saw Jesus the Lord. He said, “…but at thy word I will let down the nets.” They caught so many fish that James and John had to help bring in the nets. There were so many fish, the boat started to sink! Because Peter heard the Lord and obeyed. Because Peter acted like a citizen of the Kingdom of God rather than a Galilean. Because Peter trusted Jesus instead of his eyes and his experience as a fisherman.
He fell to his knees and worshipped.
How often to we find ourselves in that boat being asked to do something the wrong way? So, we argue with God and continue doing things the way we always have and getting the same results—no fish. We can’t figure out why we can’t pay our bills, or take a vacation, or buy the kids a new bike. We worry and fret over the stock market and blame the president and rail against the Congress. All the while, we are only a step away from the supernatural. All we have to do is obey. All we have to do is say, “Yes, Lord.” All we have to do is say, “…but at thy word I will let down the nets.”
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