From Empty Hearts to Full Nets [Part 2]
Are you ready for some good news?
Feeling a little empty? No worries, God uses empty things.
Today’s Text: “Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.” (Luke 5:3, ESV)
Peter had fished all night and caught nothing.
All he had to show for the all-nighter was his empty boat docked at shore.
And Jesus was glad for it. The Messiah stepped into Peter’s empty boat the same way He was stepping into Peter’s empty life.
If the fishermen had been successful, they probably would have still been at sea hauling in fish. Or, perhaps, they’d have been preoccupied with cleaning fish. Instead, their boat was empty of fish. Their bodies were empty of energy. Their souls were empty of encouragement.
God uses moments (and seasons) like that in our lives. When you experience the emptiness that comes from trying hard and failing, God is ready to fill you with real power. When you experience the emptiness of finding no satisfying answers, God is ready to fill you with real wisdom. When you experience the emptiness that comes when settled for fleshly pursuits, God is ready to fill you with real joy.
Here’s the irony: Peter’s boat was more valuable empty than it could have ever been full. The empty boat became full of God.
Jesus never leaves you empty. He fills you with Himself.
And, please note, Jesus didn’t “steal” the boat. Jesus didn’t sink the boat. Jesus didn’t devalue the boat.
Jesus redeemed the boat.
He used the boat for a higher purpose than Peter had ever imagined. Peter’s boat became the pulpit of God. After the teaching, Jesus sent Peter out for the best catch of his life. If you’re feeling empty today, don’t despair – Jesus is nearby and ready to fill the empty places. And that’s the Gospel!
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