Nevertheless I Will
Chaplain Barbara Embry
Citizens Baptist Medical Center
I’ve heard it said that one can say what they haven’t done but they don’t know what they would do until that time is manifested in their life. We can look back on life but it is most difficult to see what’s ahead of us in most situations. Our past days play a vital role in how we perceive our tomorrows. Many say there is no tomorrow but let’s rephrase that and say, “At the end of this day that is called day, is another time in the future.”
Let’s look at Peter and his fishing experience on the Lake of Gennesaret and think about what would have happened if we were in that situation (Luke 5: 1-11). Jesus is found teaching to a large pressing crowd on this day in question. He notices two boats at the edge of the lake and the fishermen getting out of them and washing their nets. He gets into Peter’s boat and tells him to put out a little from the land and He continues teaching.
What was Peter going through mentally? The lake was a large freshwater lake, over 690 feet below sea level, and was the main water source for the Galilee region. Normally, the fish were netted in shallow water at night and would migrate during the daylight hours to waters too deep to reach with nets; this is why the fishermen would fish at night. Peter and company (James and John, sons of Zebedee) had been fishing all night long without the benefit of a catch, and now they were confronted with a directive from Jesus. After Jesus finished teaching, He said to Peter, “Put out into the deep water and let down your net for a catch.” No doubt Peter was tired and thought Jesus’ directive made no sense at all. How often is it that we know that it is the leading of the Holy Spirit and yet we think it senseless? We spend too much time pondering over what came directly from heaven. Peter, the trained professional fisherman, said to Jesus, “Master, we have worked all night long without a catch, but because You have said we will put out and let down our nets”
Many times we rely on our intellect as Peter could have done. We hinder the blessings of the Lord by remembering the past and contemplating our next move. The life of abundance only comes through Jesus.
Remember the other examples in Scripture that He showed up and things were made better:
The woman at the well-received deliverance and was redeemed.
The wedding at Cana was saved when He made wine.
He passed by a blind man on the street and he received his sight.
He stopped to see Mary and Martha after their brother’s death and Lazarus was raised from the dead.
I believe that we would see more of the blessings of the Lord when we have a “Nevertheless” attitude. The KJV reports Peter’s reply as, “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.’” (Luke 5:5 KJV). We need to take God at His word. What He says is established in the heavens and we know we have to ask that His will be done also in the earth. Many of us have been given a nudge by the Spirit to put out a little deeper. The Bible declares that as Peter obeyed, his boat could not hold the blessings that were in store for him. In fact, he called to his friends and their boat was also filled to the point of sinking. Go beyond what you know and render your obedience to the voice of God. The blessings await you!
Prayer: Father we ask that you give us Your strength to move into that place that You have designed for us. Our confidence is in You; not in our experiences and not even in our faith because it has not even entered into our hearts what You have in store for us. Bless us to push pass our capacity to believe. We may feel unsure about our expectations but nevertheless we will obey. We pray in Jesus’ name! Amen!