Pastor Smith

Rough and calloused hands picked through the netting with precision, mending tears, freeing the netting of debris, and getting it ready for final inspection. It had been a long, hot, day. The sea had been unforgiving, merciless, and greedy. Simon didn’t have days like this often. A fisherman couldn’t afford many days with empty nets. 

Luke 5:1-4 says, “And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him to that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught.” 

The Word of God is always anointed. The Bible records in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Voluminous depictions, unending images, and innumerable accounts of “he said” or “she said” or “they said” stream constantly across 6-inch screens beckoning for our attention – day and night. We are plugged in, connected, and tethered but missing out. 

Simon was exhausted. He looked at Jesus and said, “Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing:” We readily recognize his weariness. We feel like we have tried everything and have nothing. Exhausted by news accounts, exhausted by the pandemic, exhausted by worry, exhausted by debt, exhausted by loneliness, tormented by fear and worry – we’ve tried. We have really tried. But the thing that is missing is a connection. Simon continued and said, “nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”

Lot had never heard from God. It was Abraham who had heard from God. Lot had little initiative of his own. It was Abraham that took Lot with him out Haran. The only significant thing about Lot was his connection Abraham – Lot was simply his brother’s boy. But God honored that connection. The Bible records in Genesis 13:6 “And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram….and Lot’s…”  Abraham left the decision to his nephew. It should have been a simple decision. Lot should have spoken up and said, “Sell the cattle, sell the goats, Abraham, I’m going with you.”

Simon said in Luke 5:5 “…Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” The next two verses tell the story, “And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees”. 

Lot made the decision to pitch his tent toward Sodom and Gomorrah. His cattle, goats, wealth are never mentioned in scripture again. He lost his connection. 

Simon out obedience established a connection that blessed not only him but those that were associated with him. It wasn’t only Simon’s nets that had been empty but there were others. 

It’s time we get connected. Psalms 107:19-20, “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Our connection with God – our connection with the Man of God – it is the end of our distresses, it is our healing, and our deliverance. It’s not only our healing but it’s healing for our loved ones as well. 

It is my prayer this week that you get connected.

Love and prayers, 

Pastor Jack Smith.

Colossians 3:17 “…whatsoever ye do…do all in the name of … Jesus” 

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