“Nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net..”
When Jesus asked Peter to launch his boat out into the deep, and let his nets down for a catch, you could feel Peter’s exasperation. He had already fished all night, and had caught nothing. It was now morning, and the sun was high. Fish don’t surface at such times. Besides, he had spent the morning cleaning his nets, and if he used them again, he would have to clean them again! He was tired, and wanted to go back to his family and get some sleep. Jesus had “borrowed” his boat as a platform to preach to the crowds all morning. Now He wanted Peter to go out to sea again? It was too much! Didn’t Jesus get it? There is NO fish at that time of the day!!
But, despite all his internal objections and reluctance, Peter responded with the words since immortalized in the Bible: “Nevertheless, at YOUR Word, I will let down the nets.” The act changed his life forever. For against his lifelong knowledge of the seas, the nets filled with fish; so big was the catch that the nets were strained to breaking point and he had to call for help. Never in his life had he seen anything like this, against all odds, against all his experience. Immediately he fell at Jesus feet, forsook his boat, and followed his Master.
“Nevertheless” is often a faith word in the Bible. It represents surrender to God’s will. Jesus used it in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done..” (Mark 14:36). This was His cry to God before He faced the unspeakable horror of the cross. “Nevertheless” means an obedience that over-rides our objections and common sense, as in Peter’s case. “Nevertheless” opens the doors to miracles that can alter the course of our lives forever. For “Nevertheless” never means apathy. It means a decision to act on hearing God. We are called to be a “Nevertheless” church!
“…但依从你的话， 我就下网 。”
“但（然而）”一词，在圣经里经常意表着信心。它代表着对上帝旨意的降伏。耶稣在可西马尼园也如此说：”然而，不要从我的意思，只要从你的意思。“这是当耶 稣要面对残酷的十字架刑法之前，向上帝的哭诉。”然而“意味着顺服，超越我们的理性常识，有如彼得情况。”然而”为神迹开了一扇门，甚至能永远改变我们生命的轨迹。‘然而’从不应该表示消极无奈。而应该是听见上帝后的决定服从 . 我们是被呼召为“然而”之教会。
Philip Lyn 医生牧师