Into the Deep Jun19


Into the Deep

Shallow water is comfortable.  It is safe.  Even people who don't know how to swim will walk into shallow waters.  Why?  Because their feet are still touching the ground.  They are still in control.  But deep water? Not so much.  It's unknown, unsafe, unsettling.  Yet deep waters are where life is found.  And not just ordinary life, but abundant life.

In Luke 5, Simon, James and John had just wrapped up a long and discouraging day of fishing.  It was a typical day for them, just another day doing what they always did.  And then Jesus shows up.  As they were washing their nets, preparing to put them away for the next day of fishing, Jesus calls them to go deep.

"Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." Luke 5:4

They had every reason to question Jesus, considering they had been out on the lake all night during the prime fishing time (which had then ended), and they were tired, not interested in getting back into their boats to go back to work. Yet they obeyed.

"Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." Luke 5:5

Notice the different verbs used here.  The fisherman "toiled" all night.  It had taken a lot of effort on their part.  Jesus asked them not to go back out and toil, but to "let down the net".  All they were to do was to simply drop the net and let Him do the work.  And you know what happened next - they instantly caught so many fish that their nets were breaking.  So much fish that it took not one, but two boats to carry the load of fish, and even still it was so many fish that the boats began to sink!  That's A LOT of fish!!  (And side note, I wonder if they were so excited about their huge catch that they even noticed the boats sinking?  Or cared??)

"[Simon] and all that were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken." Luke 5:9

Because of the fishermen's obedience and willingness to go deep,  God got to astonish the people.  It was there, in those deep waters, that the faith of the first disciples was birthed; true faith, lasting faith.  They saw and experienced the power of God only when they were desperate and helpless on their own.

Is God calling you into the deep?  Do you trust God, our Abba Father, to provide for you as you step out where your feet no longer touch the ground?  Are you willing to take off your life jacket, your fleshly desire to self-persevere, your desire to be safe, in control, to be comfortable, and instead fully depend on Him?

Maybe mentoring is the "deep" water God is calling you into.  Or maybe it's opening up your life and being willing to let a mentor in, not just surface level, but the hard stuff too, the deep stuff.  Whatever it is, God's got better for you than you can get on your own.

Ordinary fishermen were interrupted by Jesus and because they obeyed and trusted Him, they not only found themselves with more fish than they knew what to do with, but with an extraordinary call upon their lives to be His first disciples, a call to be fishers of men.

God's in the deep.  He'll send you there and He'll meet you there.  Let's go into the deep and be astonished....

For His glory and the next generation,

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Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women

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