The water was peacefully rippling on the beautiful beach. A few fishermen were cleaning their nets. You could not tell from a distance what was going on in their thoughts. Fishing was just not as good as it used to be. They had put forth their best effort, using all their tricks, laboring through the hours of the night, but caught nothing.
I can imagine Simon Peter dreading to go home with no paycheck. The disappointed hungry look from his children tore at his heart. What was he supposed to do?
The only consolation was that the Rabbi Jesus was using his boat to preach to the massive crowds on the beach. Somehow doing something special for Jesus did bring a sense of joy to his heart.
What do you do when everything you try seems to fail? Successful people fail just as many times as unsuccessful people. The difference comes in their willingness to keep trying and making adjustments. The most tragic thing is when people make inner promises that block them from God’s awesome will in their lives.
Peter could have said, “That’s it, I will never go fishing again. I am tired of seeing my family go hungry”.” This is exactly what many people do. They say things like, “I will never forgive my mother”.” or “I will never go into the ministry again”.” or “I will never go back to that church”.” or “I will never talk to my parents again”.” These are inner vows that block them for the rest of their lives.
When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again” (Luke 5:4,5 NLT).
What would Peter have missed if he had not tried again? He would have missed the biggest business success of his life (both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking) and would probably never have become the apostle—the “fisher of men.”
Don’t let inner vows block your future. Say to Jesus, “But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”