“Then He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:3-11
Friday, October 10th began the Jewish festival called Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles.
The Gospels record that our Lord Jesus not only celebrated the festival, but He took traditional elements of the celebration and applied them to His own life and mission. We find this particularly in John 7 and 8 where Jesus uses two traditional symbols from the Feast of Tabernacles celebration, water and light, to help the people understand who He is and what He offers.
Feast of Tabernacles is a festival about rejoicing in the blessings that God has provided, but let’s be sure our focus is on the Lord of blessing – instead of the blessings!
We read in Luke that Jesus told His disciples to go into the deep waters and let down their nets for fish. When they did, their nets were filled up with fish to the point of breaking. Being fishermen and businessmen, they may have been tempted to start doing business. I mean, think how much they could have made!
But God had a different purpose. The disciples’ occupation as fishermen was just a vehicle for God to demonstrate His great power and love. He wasn’t blessing them with fish so that they would get excited about fishing — He was blessing them with fish so that they could get their eyes off their fishing and on to the greater call He had for them! Thankfully, they left the fishing business and went off with the Lord to do great and mighty things.
Let’s make sure we’re not getting up wrapped up in fish! We seek the Lord for His blessings, prosperity, and success, but true discipleship is focusing not on the blessings of the Lord, but on the Lord of the blessings! When He sees that we have pure and willing hearts, He will be faithful to use us to accomplish His glorious plan!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Almighty God, I humble myself before Your Presence. I thank You and I praise Your infinite Majesty. I want to worship You and adore You, to love You with all my heart. I thank You, Lord, that I can abound in Your favor and blessing today. I, therefore, expect Your favor to go before me today.