Needs Met

In the fifth chapter of Luke's Gospel we read of three partners who had worked hard all night at their business with no apparent success. They were James, John, and Simon, Galilean fishermen. Disconsolately washing their nets, they were ready to give up in despair. In this hour of discouragement Christ Jesus instructed them to resume their regular work, bidding them fish in deep waters. "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets," were his words. Simon's reply, "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing," finds echo in many individuals today. But Simon obediently added, "Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net." Then he acted as one expecting to find that which he seeks.

Christ Jesus was accustomed to meet and reverse error's false arguments of failure. Often it seemed as though he was the only one present who could accept good or expect it to meet human needs. When confronted by a hungry multitude, his disciples saw nothing but a few loaves and fishes, while he visioned abundance for all and then demonstrated the truth; and there were twelve baskets full of fragments to spare.

In a world of lamentable inaccuracies Jesus thought accurately. Accurate right thinking gives one power, authority, and success. The Saviour was so governed by God in all that he said and did that whatever he undertook to do prospered; for his understanding of God's law of abundance prevented him from being deceived by the lie of lack. Knowing how to turn from this lie to the law of God gave him dominion. He reversed erroneous suggestion and showed the fishermen that—even while they believed the needed catch was not to be had, and were depressed by the seeming lack—what they so much desired was right at hand.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

When Spring Comes
February 9, 1935

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.