Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, February 7th, 2011
Over Your Head?
He said to Simon, 'Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.'
Luke 5:4 (NKJV)
The Bible has many references to 'the deep.' The deep can be scary, as King David pleads, 'Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters' (Psalm 69:14). No one wants to drown.

Yet, Jesus sends His beloved disciples into the deep for a big catch of fish!

So, is it good or bad to be over your head in a situation you can't control, to be in high water, to be in the deep? Feeling helpless in overwhelming circumstances is not easy. However, one thing is certain: when you're in the middle of an ocean, looking up is your best option!

No wonder people find God when they're in trouble.

Consider the alternative: anchoring near shore, fishing the harbor, keeping your talent close to home - playing it safe. You're not going to catch many fish, get many jobs, or win many souls.

When you launch into new waters, you take your gifts into an unknown world. You are not relying on yourself--not even your family. You are relying on the only One Who can possibly guide you.

So, the next time you're in a storm-tossed situation, even in the deep, call your Captain. Invite Him into the boat. He knows exactly what to do, and He wants to guide you. Even better, strangers will see Him in your boat.

The payoff? Not only will you ride the storm successfully, but others will want to get on your boat, or ask Jesus into theirs!

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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