"Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there." (NLT)
Jesus Spoke from a Boat
Could this scene be similar to the one mentioned in Luke, chapter five? What a joy it must have been to have heard the words of Jesus live and in person. What a privilege it was for Peter to have had his boat chosen by Jesus. After Jesus spoke to the people, he told Peter to go out into the deep water and cast his nets. Peter was skeptical but obedient, and he was rewarded by a catch so large that his nets began to tear. The final result of this situation was that Peter was called to be a "fisher of men." And his life was never the same.
Is Jesus asking us to do the same thing, to do something we've tried on our own and failed? When he asks me to do that, I sometimes become skeptical, but, if Jesus has truly asked me to do it, I'm sure I will be amply rewarded, and my life will never be the same. Hey, that has happened to me, and I believe that it will happen again and again. Jesus loves to call us to a task, and then He enjoys Himself even more when He rewards us. And He promises to change us for the better each time.