On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting 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. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon. “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:1-5

Sports writer Bert Sugar was interviewing heavy weight boxing champion Floyd Patterson, and he mentioned that Patterson had been knocked down more than any other heavyweight champion in history. Patterson’s reply was, “Yeah, but I also got up more than any other fighter in history.” I think Floyd Patterson was on to something.

Luke tells a story about a group of fishermen who had spent the night fishing, but had caught nothing. Jesus came along and said, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Peter started to object, as he was prone to do, then finally said, “Because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

No doubt you know what happened next.

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. (Luke 5:6)

The disciples learned an important spiritual lesson that day: The power of casting again. It’s the secret to success in any endeavor: Keep casting your net. God can redeem a failure, but he can’t do much with a quitter.

Been knocked more than anyone else? You can still get back up one more time.

Have you cast your net more times than you can count? Dare to cast it again.

You’ll be amazed at what can happen when you decide you’ll never quit.



About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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