Let down your nets… I will let down the net. (Luke 5:4-5)
Jesus had just used Peter’s boat to preach to the people, and He wanted to bless him for this. He also wanted to show Peter how He could meet all of his needs. Jesus told Peter to let down his nets for a catch. At that moment, all the fish in the lake started swimming for Peter’s boat.
Unfortunately, Peter couldn’t believe Jesus’ promise over the fact that he had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. He certainly wasn’t going to have better luck now. Jesus was a wonderful preacher, but what did He know about fishing? Peter was the expert there. It’s to his credit that he obeyed, but he didn’t do exactly what Jesus asked him to do. Jesus told him to cast his nets, and Peter only threw in one net. He obeyed, but he wasn’t expecting much.
As a result, all the fish Jesus sent to fill many nets jumped into Peter’s one net. The net wasn’t able to handle all the fish, and it began to break. This was the biggest catch of Peter’s life, yet it could have been even bigger! The fish were actually fighting to get into his net, but his vision was too small.
We often miss some of God’s supply because we do not embrace God’s vision for our lives. The widow in 2 Kings 4:6 could have had more oil, but she ran out of vessels to fill. Joash, the king of Israel, could have completely destroyed his enemies, but he wasn’t aggressive enough (2 Kings 13:18-19). Likewise, we often limit what God wants to do for us because we don’t fully embrace all He promises us in His Word. (Ps. 78:41)
What has He told you to do? Do it with all your heart, and make plans for big results. Your faith determines the manifestation of God’s supply.