"At thy word"

THERE were once certain fishermen who toiled all night long, but caught nothing. They were discouraged; for the night had been long, and apparently their efforts had all been for naught. Perchance, however, they had gone about their work listlessly, feeling that since they had heard the great Master and yearned to follow him, their work was no longer important. At any rate, dawn found their boats empty, and themselves filled with disappointment and chagrin.

It was at this point that the Master appeared on the shore. He desired to use one of the boats. Ah, here was service indeed! Maybe the thought came to these men that fishing was a poor use for the boats; but if we will read between the lines of the narrative, as given in the fifth chapter of Luke, we may see that Jesus did not agree with their reasoning. Although he knew that the ship could be used satisfactorily as a pulpit from which might go forth the words of eternal life, he also knew that it could be used for ordinary work as well,—work which could be so glorified as to become an apparent part of the Father's business. So, after he had talked to the multitudes from the ship, Jesus turned to Simon and said, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught." In the light of their useless toil throughout the long night, it may have seemed to human sense that there would be a mere repetition of failure. They had already employed all their experience and skill, and without avail. We read, "Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing." But Simon did not stop there: he continued, "Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net."

"Behold, now is the day of salvation"
April 11, 1925

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