Lent began on the 5th of this month. It is a time that we are called upon to seek a closer and more meaningful relationship with God through His Son. These forty days remind us of the journey Jesus took from His baptism, through His ministry and to the Cross. It is a time for our families to draw closer to one another through the study of God's Word, praying together and worshiping together.
Lent is a time for us to listen to God and to put out into “deep water and let down our nets.”
It is a time to learn to trust God with our lives and our families. In this account of Jesus calling His first disciples he tests their faith. They are called upon to do more than they “feel” they can. These fishermen are asked to live by faith rather than by feelings. Simon did not feel like doing what Jesus asked of him. He was tired, hungry and a professional fisherman who knew going out into deep water at this time of day was not going to produce any kind of catch. He could have stopped there and pulled up on shore and went home because that is what he felt like doing. So often we miss out on the call by Jesus in our lives to do more than we feel like doing because we live by what we feel rather than living by faith. We allow feelings to guide our actions. How often have you come home tired and hungry and decided not to do something you know is the right thing to do but you just did not feel like doing it? Maybe it was playing with the kids, helping one of the children with homework, helping do the dishes or prepare dinner. Maybe you felt the nudge from God to call an old friend or a family member just to check in on them or how about finishing that letter you started.
Simon decided to put his feelings aside and have faith in what Jesus was asking him to do and he went out into that deep water and let down his nets. They caught so many fish they had to call their partners for help. Please notice not all the fisherman responded with faith. James and John stayed on shore until they were signaled for help. They were still living by their feelings until the catch. Then, when they realized who was speaking with them, they left everything and followed Jesus in faith.
When we turn from letting our feelings run our lives and live by faith we can be witnesses for others to follow Jesus. Living by faith will open our lives to great and wonderful things as Jesus calls us to Himself. Our families will find following Jesus exciting, refreshing and rewarding. This Lent take the opportunity to live by faith and put out into “deep water” trusting Jesus’ leading.
In His service,