Luke 5:4-7 KJV “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. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.” (Bold text added For emphasis.)
There is a call for us at some point in our walk with Christ to launch out into the deep. To launch out into the deep takes not only a leap of faith, but also an act of obedience. It takes absolute trust in God. Why? Not everyone is even willing to go beyond the shallow waters. Many are called but few are chosen.
I was born and raised in “the church.” My family read the Bible, cover-to-cover each year. We were in church each time the doors opened: Sunday Morning Service/Sunday School, Sunday Night Worship Service, Monday morning prayer with mom, Wednesday night Bible Study, Friday Night Youth Service, Saturday Outreach… (I think that covers it?) If not, you get the idea, right? Then, there was church camp… (I loved church camp.) Oh! And, Holiday Youth Convention, and the various Florida District Services, the National Services… We ate, breathed, lived church, God, etc…
But for as “churched” as I was, I have come realize that I had never launched out into the deep, until I heard Him beckon me, and call me, to launch out into the deep. Where I thought, Lord, wasn’t I a Bible Quizzer? I have a 1st place ribbon to prove it. Don’t I have much of Your Word hidden in my heart that I might not sin against God? Don’t I pray daily? What do You mean, launch out into the deep? What do You mean I’ve been playing in the shallow waters?
That’s when I began to see, down here, in the shallow end of my faith, where I’ve been my entire life, I have not fully depended on God for everything. Here in the shallow end, I still lean to my own understandings from time-to-time. I say, “Not my will, but Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” But what I really mean is, “Have my own way Lord. Then clean up the mess I have made. I’ve got this for now. Show up when I need You.” When I accidentally start to venture out to where the waters begin to deepen, I cry, Abba, Father, save me! I’m drowning! This is too much! I can’t handle this! Take me back to where it’s safe. I wasn’t ready!
But, as I am learning, there comes a point in your walk with Christ, where you have no choice, when He calls, you must, launch out into the deep. “Anywhere You lead me, Lord, I’ll follow! Wherever You send me, Lord, I’ll go!” Then that still small voice, “Launch out into the deep.” The deep? The deep! I could drown out there! It’s unknown territory. My feet don’t reach the ground…
Out in the deep it’s just you and your Saviour. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He won’t let you drown. In the deep is where your victory lies. In the deep is where questions are answered, battles are won, blessings are poured out. Just like He gave Simon fishes so plentiful that his net brake, his boat and the neighboring boat was so full of fish that they began to sink – it took him having faith, obeying the command of the Master, and launching out into the deep to ever know that Jesus is God.