Luke 5:5 “And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
The struggle between faith and sight is very real.
Peter was presented with quite a decision.
Jesus had come after a long night of rowing, casting nets, and catching nothing. I would think they might possibly be on the brink of exhaustion. Yet, when this man, whom they had never met, tells them to go back into the deep water and cast their nets one more time, they obey.
The miraculous catch of fish that day opened their eyes that this was no ordinary man. Peter fell down and worshipped Jesus.
Luke 5:8 “When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Jesus came seeking Peter to be one of His disciples. What if Peter would have balked at the request. Can you hear his reasoning?
“I have been a fisherman all my life, and what you’re asking is unreasonable.”
“Who are you to tell me, an experienced fisherman, what my job should be?”
Peter was tired, near exhausted. We might have been angry, frustrated, and a bit irritated at Jesus’ request. Yet, something inside Peter went with Jesus’ recommendation.
Every soul presented with the gospel must come to a decision point to either trust Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection for their salvation or walk away in unbelief. We have put our faith and trust in Jesus to save our souls from damnation for many of us.
The decisions of faith did not stop at salvation.
Jesus tells us that baptism is the next step of obedience for the saved child of God. Some stop here because they might be embarrassed to submit to such an act. Others move on in their Christian life, never joining a church that would help them grow and find their place.
It is said that each of us will make about 35,000 decisions each and every day. We have simple choices; to step to the right or left to what career paths we should take. Each has consequences that will ultimately affect our way in life.
Left to ourselves, we may muddle through with some semblance of what we might call success. But our loving, Heavenly Father had the forethought to plan our path for us before we were ever brought into this world.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
The decision-making process for every child of God comes down to whether or not we have the faith to place our lives in the hands of the God who saved us. The real struggle is when we allow our flesh, mind, and experience to choose instead of following by faith.
We all have decision points every single day.
Do I wake up to my alarm or roll over and sleep in?
What should I eat for breakfast?
How do I greet those in my household when I see them?
Will I stand up for Christ in my workplace?
Will I answer the call of God to go into ministry?
These and so many more are points at which we must decide. Even when we refuse to make a decision, we have still made a choice.
Some are brought to decision points through trials and tribulation, others through the corrective hand of God. Some see clearly the choice before them only to shrink from the God-called place He has so carefully prepared for them.
Today, young people are called to be missionaries, pastors, full-time Christian workers who have forsaken the call on their life for worldly pleasure.
Some fear they will fail miserably because they have no faith to trust that God calls, and who He calls, He enables. If our faith object is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Sovereign, Almighty Creator, and God of Heaven, why would we shrink from the path He has chosen for us?
Gentle reader, we are in the last days of humanity before the rapture of the church, the tribulation, and the final battle of Armageddon. When will we begin to invite God into our decision-making process?
Each day presents 35,000 new opportunities to trust God for what to do, where to go, how to speak, and much more. God doesn’t just have A answer. He has THE answer for our lives.
Today, the simple task becomes, “Can I trust God with my life to guide me through any and every decision I will make?” The multitude of promises in His Word says, “Yes!”