Or are you holding back in life when you should be charging forward? Are you missing out on a windfall in your abundant life? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Simon Peter did the same thing. But there’s something that few people teach on or see.
The Bible depends on being rightly divided by the worker. That means you must have sharp eyes. Let’s look at this account in Luke 5 of Simon Peter and learn a whole new lesson.
“And he (Jesus) entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him 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.” Luke 5:4
Jesus wanted to bless Simon back. Simon was a fisherman by trade. What would have blessed him? A draught or a large catch of fish. That’s great!
“And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” vs. 5
Okay, so here’s where your eyes have to be sharp. What do you notice first about Simon’s response? Yes, he was whining. Ugh… I thought for a long time that whining was a leadership quality. I’ve don’t plenty of it. I don’t know many leaders who haven’t. But there is something else I want you to notice too. How many nets did Jesus ask Simon to let down? We don’t know he just said “nets.” This is plural, more than one. How many did Simon say he would let down? Ah ha! You got it. What happened next?
“And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.” vs. 6
How many nets broke?
Isn’t this fun!?
“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.” vs. 7
Do you think if he’d have been obedient their ships would have sank? God wants to bless us right? Why would HE destroy their boats, a tool for their abundance and prosperity? Breaking a net is no blessing in a windfall like that! So where did Simon go wrong?
Then what happened?
“When Simon Peter saw [it], he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” vs. 8
Why did he say that? Was it because Simon was whining? Nope, he was disobedient. Even Simon knew God meant this for a gift and for a blessing. He lowered one singular net instead of following directions and lowering all his nets. The blessing would have filled all Simon’s nets to capacity and overflowed them, but not to the point of breaking. But Simon disobeyed the orders, and in so doing his net broke. He was responsible for missing out on the blessing. But thank God he didn’t miss out on the lesson.
What does all this tell us? Five things:
- Whining is very unattractive and not a leadership quality. Lol.
- Simon was rewarded for his giving to Jesus, after he gave. He could have been home in bed by the time Jesus got done teaching. This is a key ingredient. Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].” Sound familiar?
- God knew if Simon would have obeyed he would have had the abundance and not the cost of the broken net. Are we obeying God to the letter? No more and no less than what He asks us to do?
- God knows where and when to find that windfall you’ve been waiting for. What are you waiting for? Let out all your nets. Ask for that guidance on where to place them and when, but first…
- Simon would have been prepared to receive that windfall of abundance. Are we preparing for the abundant life? Are you prepared to handle ten real-estate deals in a month, if you’re believing for that as a realtor? Are you prepared to handle a lot of money, a lot of business, a lot of income? Think of your accounting, your checkbook management, your mentality. Are they abundance conditioned or broke conditioned? God wants you blessed, but He’s not going to give you more than you can handle. Are you prepared to handle more? Are you preparing your fields for rain and harvest believing God that they will come? “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.” John 10:10b
God bless you today!