Because of His Word and our obedience. Only failure seems to meet us. Against that there is no appeal. (3) How loth should we be to leave this, if constant success and prosperity should follow our affairs and designs here!3. It is not given to you to know." And suggests the better performance of work. 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. The very beauty of Providence consists much in these various and contrary effects.2. 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 man cannot prosper that lies under the guilt thereof. The last thing is, THAT THE NET IN WHICH MEN MUST RE TAKEN IS THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. (3)Deeper humility. Hieron.First, the state of the world, which is as the sea. The use of a net is to take fish, the drift of preaching is to bring in souls. )The disappointed seamenJ. (5)Stronger faith in the Great Worker whose instruments we are.3. NOTE THE PERSEVERING OBEDIENCE OF FAITH. (3) Oppression is a blasting sin to men's estates and employments. The new day was to be the greatest in their lives. The bee makes a sweeter meal upon two or three flowers, than the ox that hath so many mountains to graze upon.Consideration 2. He is the Rector of the universe, and as such will still assert His dominion. In the success of it. 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. Fifthly, the state of the gospel preached, which is the hook, or bait, or net to take souls.I. THE RESULT OF THIS OBEDIENCE. He is the Rector of the universe, and as such will still assert His dominion. The next thing is touching the Church. (3) Oppression is a blasting sin to men's estates and employments. The sovereign pleasure of God so disposes it.2. We must not ask and expect his blessing unless we are doing our best in his Name and in his cause. God may have withheld His blessing —(1)To try our faith. Human perversity may for a time be permitted to have its way. Much prosperity, like the pouring in of much wine, intoxicates, and overcomes our weak heads and hearts. First, it makes them to look upward with the greater fervency. "Thou shalt catch men from henceforth." (2)Earnestness of devotion. The reason for this is hidden now; we shall know one day why it is so. Be patient under disappointments; for if you meekly submit and quietly wait upon God, He can quickly repair all that you have lost and restore it by other providences double to you.Consideration 4. Much prosperity, like the pouring in of much wine, intoxicates, and overcomes our weak heads and hearts. (4)More perseverence. (George Low, M. They were to be clothed with a new mission, and strengthened for it by a new experience. (2)To teach us how better to labour. 1. The troubles of His Church and the afflictions of His people do make His power and mercy to be known; even as the skill of a pilot is most to be seen in a storm: "My power is made perfect through weakness."2. But why do they go on? A little unjust gain mingled with a great estate will consume it like a moth. If Providence had alike prospered every man's designs, and set them upon a level, there had been no occasion to exercise the rich man's charity or the poor man's patience. "Thou shalt catch men from henceforth." (5)Stronger faith in the Great Worker whose instruments we are.3. This may be the design of these providences; and if so, sure there is no cause for thy despondencies.Consideration 3. (2)To teach us how better to labour. The process is familiar —(1) In personal life. In spite of failure the apostles did not despair. The lesson was — empty nets without His blessing and full nets with it. Do not, therefore, cease from your efforts. The use of a net is to take fish, the drift of preaching is to bring in souls.2. The man cannot prosper that lies under the guilt thereof. But when Christ commands, the most unlikely time is likely, and the most unpromising sphere becomes hopeful. And this lesson they were to remember henceforth when they should become fishers of men. Much prosperity, like the pouring in of much wine, intoxicates, and overcomes our weak heads and hearts. It now remains that we apply it.Inference 1. (2) Injustice and fraud is a blasting sin. "Nevertheless," said Peter — that is, not because of success, but in spite of failure — "at Thy word I will let down the net." (4)More perseverence. THE THIRD THING IS CONCERNING THE STATE OF MEN. The manifold sins of men in their callings provoke it. (1) Irreligious and atheistical neglect and contempt of God and His worship, especially in those that have been enlightened and made profession of religion. Because of His Word and our obedience. 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. Fourthly, the state of ministers, who be as fishers.