HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 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. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. Luke 5:4-6
God’s Gifts May Cause Some Disorder at the First
Note again that God’s gifts may cause some disorder at the first. When Peter at Christ’s command let down the net, it enclosed a great multitude of fishes. We may be sure that the net was a good one if it was Peter’s making, yet for all its goodness it began to break. Now nets are very precious to a fisherman; the loss of them is sometimes irreparable. So in a moment, we see Peter and Andrew beckoning to their neighbour’s boat, and like the man of Macedonia, crying, “Come over and help us.” They came at once, and both of the boats were filled and filled so full that they began to sink. And the point I wish you to note is that the first results of the kindness of the Savior were–breaking nets and sinking ships! You see, then, that when Jesus enters life as He entered Andrew’s and Simon’s boat that morning, it is always possible that at the first there may be some distress and confusion and disorder. We find abundant records of it in the early Church, and every minister has seen it in his converts. Let no one is distressed, then, if Christ steps on board, it is not all joy and singing from the start. All that will come, in the good time of God, for the promise is there shall be no more sea. Meantime, just because Christ is good, and charges the empty night into such morning of fulness, the nets (that are so precious to us) may seem on the point of breaking, and the waves come lapping to the gunwale of the ship.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW …..