Have we ever spent time working on a project to no avail? Fishing but not catching anything? Taking a whole night pressing through with no results? It’s in those times the Lord will give us a direction we may think makes no sense and has nothing to do with what we were trying to accomplish, but afterwards we will realize it was connected to success.
The Lord got into Peter’s boat and asked him to move out a little from the land. There Jesus taught the multitude. The boat that was supposed to be used to hold fishes was used for the Lord. When Jesus finished teaching, He told Peter to launch out into the deep and let his nets down for a catch. When we give priority to the Word of God in our lives, allow Him to use our lives as He wills and obey His directives; we can expect fruitfulness.
What wasn’t successful before will be. Situations are turned around and all things work together for the good when the Lord is Lord of all. Peter only let down one net even though Jesus told him to let down the nets, plural. Unknowingly, he was learning obedience and being trained to be a fisher of men. What is it the Lord is asking of us today that He will use in our tomorrow for something we don’t expect?
In the midst of failure, weaknesses and trial upon trial, the Lord prepares us for so much greater than we can ask or think. All He asks of us, He uses for His good, from glory to glory!
Luke 5:3-4 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
The Lord honors our hunger for more of Him. He sees our drawing nigh unto Him. He knows when we are thirsty for more of Him; when we desire more time with Him; when our heart cries out for Him. We seek His presence and allow Him to move in our lives increasingly.
The presence of the Lord changes everything. Once we receive Him in our heart, He moves in every area, even those we think are hidden. With love, grace, mercy and patience…He starts healing, removing, restoring and occupying every space. When we detect that something else has taken over first place in our hearts, we must press in to the Lord so that He again is our number one priority. When we find ourselves worrying or overly concerned about things, we need to find rest in His presence. When our priorities do not line up with the Word, we seek Him first and find all things fall into their rightful position in our hearts.
As we seek Him with our whole heart, we reach greater heights. Joyfully, we receive Him as we appropriate all that He is in our lives. He sees us drawing nigh unto Him, so He draws nigh unto us. He moves in closer and closer, until there is nothing in between to hinder intimacy with Him. We are never content with just a visitation from the Lord; we desire His habitation, from glory to glory!
Luke 19:5-6 “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.’ So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.”
Jesus is either Lord of all or Lord not at all. All our priorities align with this truth. Our focus is on building His house, not ours. We are His (spiritual) building and we belong to Him so the decisions we make have to be made with Christ as the foundation.
We surrender all: body, soul and mind to Him. We are to consecrate, commit and dedicate ourselves to Him. We are entirely His. We are no longer our own; we are the property of our maker. We live in complete submission to our Lord, regardless of the cost, with sincere dedication—obeying moment by moment. We forsake all for His sake. As we occupy ourselves with building His house, He gives us riches in all that we need. All the divine resources are available to us.
The tendency is to see what we can achieve with what we have. As God’s fellow workers in God’s field, we have to count on what He has: His materials, His strength, His plan and His will. He often will demolish what has been laid on the wrong foundation so that He can rebuild. All that He has for us is laid on the only foundation that will last for eternity: Christ our Lord. This spiritual house is filled with His glory, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 3:9-11 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.