Luke 5:1-6 is an illustration of a prophetic move of God. As the crowd pressed upon Jesus to hear a word from God, He noticed two empty vessels. Jesus entered the boat that belonged to a man named Simon and asked him to “thrust out a little from the land.” When Jesus finished teaching he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Simon replied he had “toiled” all night and had caught nothing. The word toil means to become distressed, frustrated and weary. Despite his best efforts, Simon came up empty-handed. His skills and experience failed to produce any results.
Have you ever worked at something where you poured your heart and soul into it only to experience the agony of defeat? Has God ever called you to do something you were previously unsuccessful at? I don’t know about you, but it gets on my nerves when God tells me to do something that makes absolutely no sense. The passage of time coupled with a lack of progress can be depressing. However, I’ve learned that God is an expert at taking our failures and making them work out for our good and His glory.
Every child of God is created to be successful. As a result, God always sets you up for success. Your job is to yield to the process. Just because you weren’t successful before doesn’t mean you can’t be now. Process is the vehicle God uses to usher you into purpose and destiny. Purpose demands you embrace the process. Your level of success is directly related to your ability to follow God’s instructions even in the face of challenging circumstances. God isn’t looking for perfect people. He’s looking for people who will make themselves available for his use.
Despite his failed attempt, Simon made himself available to Jesus. He didn’t realize it, but his future was being played out right before his eyes. Although he was an experienced fisherman, Simon had to be taught to fish for souls. Jesus gave Simon a prophetic peep into his future. Jesus promised to make Simon a fisher of men in Luke 5:10. In this chapter Jesus modeled for Simon how to fish for men. The promise was fulfilled in Acts 2:41 where 3000 souls were saved in a single day when Simon preached. There was a great catch of fish (men). The promise came to pass because Simon made himself available to be used.
Are you an available vessel God can use? When you make yourself an available vessel, you’ll be amazed at what God will show you. God can work even in the midst of unfavorable conditions if only you make yourself available. He provides the supernatural assistance you need to walk above the waters of your circumstance and do great exploits for Him. It doesn’t matter if you failed before, just make yourself available and watch what God will do through, for and with you. God has an awesome plan for your life. Will you be like Simon and forsake all and follow Jesus? Will you allow the Lord to transform you into what eyes have not seen and ears have not heard? Will you make yourself an available vessel?
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson
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