I remember wanting to completely give up while doing insanity and Shaun T saying, “Dig deeper!” When every ounce of my body wanted to stop or the thought of pretending that I had hurt myself crossed my mind (don’t judge me) his motivation pushed me forward. Even if I was kicking and screaming inside because I wanted to give up, and quitting was the easier thing to do, I completed my hardest workout ever.
Reading Luke 5:4-7 I was reminded of how digging deeper leads to breakthrough even if we are hesitant due to our current situation or past results.
“When he 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.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.”
Peter was discouraged and doubted, he brings up that they had been working hard the night before and didn’t catch a thing.
How often do we give up or not try just because we have failed before? This past Sunday’s message was speaking to me about unbreakable trust. I know I’ve been guilty of not trusting God with the little things but how can He trust you with more if you’re not responding in a healthy way with the little? It is easy to not try or give up when times get tough, you have to change your plan, etc. However, I always remind myself that the pain of regret outways the pain of disappointment.
Discouragement is a real thing and it hurts when what you expected doesn’t become a reality, but I have learned in my life that when Jesus tells you to do something, you do it. He always surrounds you with evidence, you ARE equipped; He is just wanting you to respond.
What stands out to me is that Peter told Jesus if He said so he will cast his nets again. His hard work was not in vain, he had everyone and every tool he needed to be blessed. When he responded this time it was different, he got the result he was desiring before. Same action, but this time he was in the presence of Jesus in the boat.
It was when he was in His presence that Peter was encouraged to try again in deeper waters.
It was then that he experienced the blessing, beyond his expectations and there was an overflow. So much so, that another boat needed to come to help with the net and even then the boats were almost sinking.
God will often tell us to step out and we may not always see the end result completely. Getting into His presence and allowing Him to speak to us is when we dig deeper into our relationship with Him so we can respond to where He is taking us next.
When Peter went into deeper waters is where he found breakthrough and there was an abundance. Even though he hesitated, Peter was obedient and God blessed him with more than enough. Be encouraged by that, God can still use you even if you’re hesitant. Just step out. When we step out is when we are trusting in him.
I find it amazing that Peter was present for a lot of the miracles that Jesus performed yet he was still unsure about casting the net. I think about that when it comes to my own life. I have seen God do a work in me, my family and in relationships. God has been faithful but when I am at a moment where I have to decide, I’ve doubted. My husband Chris and I recently stepped out in faith. Was it scary? Yes! Do we have peace about it? Yes! We know God will be faithful. He is calling us to a deeper surrender and trust.
Just take it one step at a time. When thinking about this midweek I was reminded of Pastor Brandon’s message The Domino Effect. If you haven’t listened to the Podcast you should! What stuck out the most from the message is when Pastor Brandon said “You’re one choice away from a domino effect of blessings.” Choose to be obedient and if at first you didn’t succeed… try, try again. Pick up another piece, keep looking forward and allow Him to encourage you.