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And if we consider the gracious ends and designs of God towards His own people, it appears needful that all of them, in some things, and many of them in most things (relating to their outward condition in this world), should be frustrated in their expectations and contrivances. (3) Oppression is a blasting sin to men's estates and employments. But because You say so, I will let down the nets. The sovereign pleasure of God so disposes it.2. (George Low, M. In His time and way. Because of the general unstableness of the things thereof. For if all things here should succeed according to their wish, and a constant tide of prosperity should attend them —(1) How soon would sensuality and earthliness invade their hearts and affections! And why should it seem so hard and grievous to you for God to disappoint your hopes and purposes, when you cannot but know that you have disappointed His expectations from you so often, and that in greater and better things than these?Inference 2. The man cannot prosper that lies under the guilt thereof. For if all things here should succeed according to their wish, and a constant tide of prosperity should attend them —(1) How soon would sensuality and earthliness invade their hearts and affections! The failure of the previous night was not unforeseen or unarranged. Because of His Word and our obedience. I. LAZINESS. Hieron.First, the state of the world, which is as the sea. It now remains that we apply it.Inference 1. The lesson was — empty nets without His blessing and full nets with it. "Thou shalt catch men from henceforth." The command, "Launch out," &c., was a strange one, but still it was the command of the Lord.I. A little unjust gain mingled with a great estate will consume it like a moth. The good of the people of God requires it.3. This warrant from Christ is one which, if we be in the state of heart of Simon Peter, will be omnipotent with us. How can he catch fishes who will not let down his net? And they needed both patience and perseverance too. A. "Nevertheless, at Thy word," &c. We must walk by faith, not by sight, not only in our own personal life, but in looking at the progress of the kingdom of Christ. " Or —3. And what if by these disappointments God be carrying on the great design of His eternal love upon thy soul? Nay, without frequent disappointments, itself would scarcely be owned in successes, nor those successes be half so sweet to them that receive them, as now they are. (2) In work for God in various spheres. )Unsuccessful fishing persevered inGeorge Low, M. A.I. )LinksLuke 5:5 NIVLuke 5:5 NLTLuke 5:5 ESVLuke 5:5 NASBLuke 5:5 KJVLuke 5:5 Bible AppsLuke 5:5 ParallelLuke 5:5 Biblia ParalelaLuke 5:5 Chinese BibleLuke 5:5 French BibleLuke 5:5 German BibleLuke 5:5 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)They do not live according to their means. "(2)Greater skill and care. 2. The state of the minister.2. When, and how, we know not. (3) How loth should we be to leave this, if constant success and prosperity should follow our affairs and designs here! If it be so, then labour to make sure of things eternal, lest you be eternally disappointed there also.(J. For if all things here should succeed according to their wish, and a constant tide of prosperity should attend them —(1) How soon would sensuality and earthliness invade their hearts and affections! And what if by these disappointments God be carrying on the great design of His eternal love upon thy soul? When, and how, we know not. The words which He has spoken are our law, not our judgment or fancies.Perseverance necessaryC. It was very powerful with Simon Peter. The manifold sins of men in their callings provoke it.1. "Nevertheless, at Thy word," &c. We must walk by faith, not by sight, not only in our own personal life, but in looking at the progress of the kingdom of Christ. " Many a draught the poor fisherman makes and taketh nothing, yet he leaveth not off. The use of a net is to take fish, the drift of preaching is to bring in souls.2. Much prosperity, like the pouring in of much wine, intoxicates, and overcomes our weak heads and hearts. (2)They do not live according to their means. And, in the first place, if thou be one that fearest God, consider that disappointments in earthly things fix no mark of God's hatred upon thee. The preaching of the gospel is like to a net —1. 3. This may be the design of these providences; and if so, sure there is no cause for thy despondencies.Consideration 3. (5) Perjury, or false swearing, is a blasting sin. Human perversity may for a time be permitted to have its way. Is MATTERS OF SPIRITUAL PROFITING We must at the word of Christ let down the net again. Flavel.Now, if we search into the grounds and reasons of these disappointments by the hand of Providence, we shall find them reducible to a threefold cause and reason.1. The command, "Launch out," &c., was a strange one, but still it was the command of the Lord.I. He is the Rector of the universe, and as such will still assert His dominion. Here are two things.1. Our Lord's own example; for he laboured on most diligently and patiently under heavy and sore discouragements. Flavel. God may have withheld His blessing —(1)To try our faith. But surely and certainly. But surely and certainly. It is enough for us to feel assured that patient labour cannot, will not, fail, and to say, amid all discouragement and delay, "Nevertheless," &c.II. A. But sooner or later, in one form or another, here or hereafter, it will come; our net will "enclose a great multitude of fishes;" our hearts will be full, even to overflow, with joy and gratitude. (5)Stronger faith in the Great Worker whose instruments we are.3. In respect of the sway the devil bears in it. Such labour is bound to be ultimately successful. Much prosperity, like the pouring in of much wine, intoxicates, and overcomes our weak heads and hearts. 2. 1. Doth God sometimes disappoint the most diligent labours of men in their lawful callings? Nay, without frequent disappointments, itself would scarcely be owned in successes, nor those successes be half so sweet to them that receive them, as now they are. Arguments of those who hold that heathen races should be allowed to remain undisturbed in their religions. Nay, without frequent disappointments, itself would scarcely be owned in successes, nor those successes be half so sweet to them that receive them, as now they are. It may be remarked that: 3. Many and many a time no more than they can hold in their hand is the produce of the casting of a net which covers acres of the sea.

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