"Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net." Luke 5:4,5
When Jesus wanted to use Simon's boat to preach from, He found Simon washing his nets. When Jesus told him to launch out into the deep and let down his nets, Simon answered that they had been out there all night . Fishing in those days was very physical and tiring work. I am sure they were sleepy because they had been up all night and exhausted because of the work. When Jesus said to launch out into the deep waters, they didn't have motors on their boats, they had to grab the oars and row.
When Jesus tells us to do something, it may be at a time when we are tired or weary. It may be at a time when our strength is gone. He doesn't always wait until we are refreshed and energetic. Some times we are called to go from one battle to another, from one work to another.
What gave Simon the strength to row out into the deep? "Nevertheless at thy word." It was the words of Jesus. When we are tired, when we feel we can't go on, when we feel that the task is just too great, we can gain renewed strength through God's word. His word brings strength and refreshing. It brings energy. It brings life. It wasn't Simon's strength, it was the strength he gained through Jesus' words. The Lord's strength is perfected in our weakness. He imparts His strength to us, which often comes through His word.
You may be feeling tired and weary. You may feel you can't go on. You may feel as if you just can't do it. But listen to God's word-- listen to what He says to you. His word will empower you to do any task He calls you to do. Hold fast to His word-- it is your strength. And when His strength is imparted to you-- you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you.
Have a great day. Our strength and ability to do any task comes through the power of the Word of God.
For further reading:
2 Corinthians 12:9
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