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Deep Water

When do we discover who Jesus really is?

Do we get to know Him when we’re basking on the beach, paying all the bills, admiring our humble, obedient children, being rewarded at work for our many contributions, driving a new car,and  building a tidy 401K? If that’s where we are in life we’re certainly fortunate. It’s been my experience, however, that when fortune smiles on me, my focus shifts from my faith to my fortune. At those times I’m guilty of brushing Jesus aside. I’d rather bask in the glow of my momentary, positive circumstances. I’m not interested in listening to Jesus then.

I get to know who Jesus is in deep water, when the outlookpeter fishing seems hopeless and dismal, when I’m in over my head, when I’m drowning in doubt.

That’s when Peter got to know Jesus. In Luke 5 we read that he’d been fishing all night with his friends and didn’t catch a thing. Remember: these guys fished for a living. Their livelihood depended on them catching fish every day. They were tired, frustrated and empty handed. Not a good place.

Jesus told Peter, “Put out in deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Jesus did NOT say, “Let down your nets in deep water and maybe you’ll do better.” Jesus said, “Let down your nets FOR A CATCH.”

Peter trusted Jesus. In modern lingo he said, “Okay, I’ll let down the nets if you say so.”

The catch was so plentiful their nets began to break. They called over other boats to share their bounty. Amazement seized Peter and the others. Peter fell at Jesus’ feet in worship and praise.  Peter learned in that deep water who Jesus was and what He could do.

We don’t have to get discouraged when the water’s over our heads. It’s in the deep water of our lives that Jesus will show us who He is and what He can do if we’ll just do what He says.

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