When I was young there was only one Bible version and it was the King James Version. Over time there have been multiple versions and many have been interpreted a little differently for simplicity. But because I’m old school I’m always going to believe what is original. Sometimes those updated words, like songs aren’t as good as the original. We all appreciate authenticity.
In Luke 5:1-10 a fisherman named Simon had been out all night fishing with no luck. After a night of working, he came in and washed his fishing nets. He had given up. He was tired and he was done. His business had not been profitable that night. So along comes Jesus and he’s so cool and chilled that he sits down in the boat. He didn’t command, demand or speak authority he just said,
“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” And Simon replied, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
Did you catch that? Jesus said, “nets” and Simon replied “net”. He did what he was told but his faith was so little. His doubt was so great that he didn’t even believe Jesus sitting before him. Jesus said “nets” but he only took one net back out of the deep. Simon should’ve listened because when he went back out he caught so many fish that his one single net could not hold all the fish. He yelled back to the shoreline “help”.
What a lesson! Our spirit of doubt and fear can be so great that even when Jesus speaks we still don’t listen. When we hear that gut talk, that instinct, we should not mistake it. That is the God in us telling us what we need to do. But because of lack of faith, the spirit of fear and doubt, our patterns, the trauma that has been passed down from generation to generation we dismiss it.
Simon was a doubter because he’d been there and done that and didn’t believe what he was told, even from Jesus. He was so caught up in what didn’t work from the night before that he underestimated his blessing. He was still living in the past that was already gone and did not exist. I believe the moral of this verse is we must let go of what didn’t work yesterday and let go of doubt and believe that everything is possible when we listen to our instinct and when God speaks to us. And never underestimate your blessings!