“And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.”
It is not hard to understand the lack of faith that the disciples had to let down the net when Jesus told them to launch out into the deep and let down the nets. They had fished all night, it was in the middle of the day, and they were professionals at fishing, and to top it all off, Jesus was a carpenter and not a fisherman. When we look from this side of the story, it is easy to be critical of them only letting down the net, but when you place yourself in their shoes at the time of the command to let down the nets, it is certainly understandable that they only exercised a little bit of faith.
What is interesting about this incident is that Jesus still honored the amount of faith they exercised even though they didn’t obey with all the faith that He wanted them to use. Sadly, we will never know what Jesus would have done had they let down the nets; what we do know is that the faith that they did use was too small for what Jesus had in store for them. There are several lessons from this incident that I would like to share with you that believers can learn from so that they will use all of the faith that God wants them to use.
First, God honors whatever faith we exercise. I am not saying that you should only have little faith; I am saying that God always honors faith no matter what size it may be. Yes, it would be wise to exercise the amount of faith that God expects of us, but you must understand the principle that God honors whatever faith you act upon. God is a God of His Word, and He will honor you according to your faith.
Second, you can’t play it safe and live by faith. The nature of faith is that what you are doing is not safe or wise, but that is what makes it faith. When you step out by faith, those who see you step out will always think that you have gone too far, but you can never go too far with faith and not see God honor the faith you acted upon.
Third, your faith is always too small for God’s omnipotence. I have learned that even when I think that I am acting on great faith, I always am reminded when God goes beyond the faith that I acted upon that God’s omnipotence is always greater than my capacity for faith. The answer for God doing more in your life is to grow your faith. It doesn’t matter what size your faith grows to; your faith will never exceed God’s omnipotence.
Fourth, you will never know what God could have done when you don’t obey God’s command to let down the nets. Only Heaven will reveal how much more God could have done if we had the faith to let down the nets. You will never have enough nets to hold how much God can honor your faith. When Jesus said to let down the nets, the disciples should have borrowed more nets instead of letting down one net. You are limiting what God wants to do through your life when you don’t obey His command that requires nets of faith.
My friend, God never expects us to act on an amount of faith for which He cannot provide. If God has commanded you to do something by faith, never doubt His ability to provide. When God tells you to let down the nets, He knows you have the faith to do so; don’t limit Him by leaving the nets of faith in your boat. Let down every net of faith you have, and you will find you still don’t have enough faith to surpass His omnipotence and ability to provide.