GOD IS STILL LAUGHING
Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.
The Lord is not only sovereign, omniscient, and omnipotent: He has a great sense of humor. (Who invented humor anyway?) I can just imagine the look on the faces of the experienced fishermen when their nets began to be filled with fish. These men knew they were not following the best fishing plan and the catch of fish that day was unexplainable. My personal opinion is that Jesus couldn’t stop laughing as He watched these men struggle to haul in the largest catch of fish any one in those parts had ever seen or even heard of. That’s how it is with The Lord, when He does something, it is often quite shocking. I think of the water turned into wine (over 120 gallons worth), multiplying fish and bread for thousands of people, and bread from heaven for hundreds of thousands of people for forty years. Really!!! He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond what we ask or think. Here is Charles Spurgeon’s thoughts on today’s scripture verse.
“Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing. What was the reason of this? Were they not fishermen plying their special calling? Verily, they were no raw hands; they understood the work. Had they gone about the toil unskillfully? No. Had they lacked industry? No, they had toiled. Had they lacked perseverance? No, they had toiled all the night. Was there a deficiency of fish in the sea? Certainly not, for as soon as the Master came, they swam to the net in shoals. What, then, is the reason? Is it because there is no power in the means of themselves apart from the presence of Jesus? Without him we can do nothing. But with Christ we can do all things. Christ’s presence confers success. Jesus sat in Peter’s boat, and his will, by a mysterious influence, drew the fish to the net. When Jesus is lifted up in his Church, his presence is the Church’s power-the shout of a king is in the midst of her. I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me. Let us go out this morning on our work of soul fishing, looking up in faith, and around us in solemn anxiety. Let us toil till night comes, and we shall not labour in vain, for he who bids us let down the net, will fill it with fishes.”
I think The Lord is still doing that exceedingly abundant thing and I think He is still laughing. Who would have thought that first Feed the Multitudes would last for over twenty years and define us as a church. Who could have imagined a halloween play for youth would still be being performed fifteen years later with over 300,000 people viewing it and over 65,000 making decisions for Christ. So if you hear those strange words, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”, get ready, something unprecedented is about to happen.