Luke 5:4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

Beloved, I graciously welcome you to the fifth month of the year. Many of us are familiar to the saying that says ‘five’ is a number of grace, and so I pray that the grace of God will not elude you in Jesus name.

We recently celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the greatest sacrifice that brought salvation to us (Romans 5:8-10). We thank God that the glory of God is here with us in the person of the Holy Spirit, the third person in trinity since the day of Pentecost.

Friends, this is the right to leave the shallow waters and ready to go deeper. In our text for the month (Luke 5:4), Jesus tells Simon Peter to “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught.”  Notice that first Jesus tells Peter to just sail a little further from the land so he can teach the large crowd of people from the ship. Then he tells Peter to sail out into the deeper waters and let down his nets for large catch of fish.

Now there is a lesson we can learn right here. And the lesson is, sometimes, God will command us to leave a familiar place and go to a place where your blessings is waiting in store for you because the blessing that awaited Peter was not in the shallow waters, but it was in the deep.

Now during that day and time, especially during the morning or the daytime, most fishermen would have fished at the shallow water but we see and hear Jesus commanding Peter to go out into the deep. Sometimes in order for God to bless you, you have to sometimes go against the status quo, go against the opinions of people, go against the traditions of men, and do exactly what God tells you to do in His Word despite what majority is doing and how the circumstance may look like.

In 2 Kings 5, Naaman had to humble himself and bathe in the Jordan in order to be healed of leprosy. In Gethsemane Jesus displayed the same attitude when He prayed, ‘Not my will, but yours be done’ (Luke 22:42). Going deeper always works. Jesus said two men built houses, but only one house survived the storm because the builder ‘dug…deep and laid the foundation on rock’ (Luke 6:48).

So as we go into the deep waters of our future, we need to have Jesus Christ in our boats (lives) to receive the blessings that God has for us. That means we need to launch into the deep with faith in Jesus Christ, launch into the deep with prayer, launch into the deep in God’s word, and last but not least, launch into the deep in obedience to God’s word.

Pastor Yemisi Onanuga