The Kitchen Table Devotions
The Game of Life Day 18
And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4
We don’t really know what we’re made of until we “put out into the deep” and find out what we really believe. Anyone can say all sorts of things from the shore. As long as our feet can feel the land, we don’t really have to believe what we say we believe. This experience on the deep waters helps us to deal with our false beliefs and shape our true beliefs. Anyone can have an opinion about fishing from a boat or even with a bobber but only those who “go” fishing know what it’s all about and what it takes to fish.
Finding our vocation in life that satisfies us in life will require “putting out into the deep”. Our values shape our vocation. Values do that and for Peter, he found out what valuing the word of God can do to fuel and fulfill our lives. Who we believe determines what we believe and what we believe determines how we behave. We discover what we truly believe on the deep waters of life. It’s not about being foolish, it’s about having faith in the One who is true. When we know the truth, we can face the test or the things that test our fortitude. Our future is not determined by what others say but by what Jesus says. That day on the water in front of everyone after a night of failure, Peter trusted Jesus to go back onto the deep waters and fish again. It was on that day, the third time he had been with Jesus, that Peter found his calling in life and for life. It was the day he found the One he could trust and obey.