Renungan Harian, Thursday 7 Sep’17 – Don’t give up
First reading: Colossians 1:9-14
Psalm: Psalms 98:2-6
Gospel reading: Luke 5:1-11
1While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes’aret. 2And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.4And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”6And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, 7they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb’edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” 11And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
How many times in ourlives that we felt there is nothing more to try. We have tried different ways, done our best, but things didn’t change. We are still stuck in the same place.
We’re about to give up and felt defeated in every way.
Simon and his friends is washing their net that day. They have tried all day but didn’t catch anything.
They are an experienced fisherman and they’ve given up, maybe that day is just not their day.
But Jesus asked them to go into the deep, spread their net and catch some fishes.
Simon did what Jesus asked although he sort of warn Jesus that he had tried that and didn’t catch any fish.
We know how the story end, they catch more fish than they can handle.
We too need to pray and asked for His instruction before we give up. He might ask us to face our challenge heads on and perhaps try some ways we have done.
We will get a different result when we allow and surrender ourselves to His guidance, just like Simon and his friends.
Don’t give up just yet, seek Him and follow His way.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. Amen.
Ferdi, Ira & kids
Cell St Zakaria & Elizabeth, Singapore