Psalm of the Day: Psalm 51
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 29:1-15
Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11
We should observe in this passage the mighty promise which Jesus holds out to Peter. "Do not be afraid; from now on you will catch men." That promise was not intended for Peter only, but for all the Disciples; and not for all the Apostles only, but for all Christians after the the Apostles.
The Apostles were men of like passions. They were weak and frail like the hearts of any of their hearers. They were often tempted to give up in despair, and to leave off preaching. But here stands a promise, on which the great Head of the Church would have them daily lean, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will catch men.
Let us pray daily for all ministers and Christians, that they may be true followers of Peter and his brethren as they were of Christ. May we may preach the same full and free Gospel which they preached, and live the same holy lives which they lived. These are the only Christians who will ever prove successful fishermen. All true and faithful preachers of the Gospel, have a right to believe that their labor shall not prove in vain. They may often preach the Word with many tears, and see no result of their labor. But God's word shall not return void. (Isaiah 55:11.)
The last day shall show that no sincere work for God was ever wasted. Every faithful fisherman shall find his Master's words made good, "You shall catch men."
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to be a faithful preacher of the Gospel.
Action Plan: How effective am I in being a fisher of men? What can I do to be more obedient?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.