Luke 5:4-5 “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 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.”
Yesterday, we mused on the thought of following blindly. Interesting that today, God brings this verse to mind.
We are all more like sheep than we would ever care to admit. Yet, there is a way to not continue on that path.
Simon, who would later become Peter, was fishing, and the Lord came to call him to become His disciple. This miracle came by way of simple obedience. Simon did not understand the request at first. All of his fishing experience and knowledge said that it was ridiculous.
Yet, when they let down their nets, they caught a great multitude of fishes.
I began to think of the times when I was asked by God to do something that didn’t seem right at first. When first presented with the gospel, my religious background said that this did not make sense. Yet, I felt drawn to Christ.
After salvation and God called me to become a preacher, I found myself at odds with God because I was an introvert. I had no talent or skills to become who and what He was asking. Yet, after I submitted, I found His provision greater than anything I could imagine.
Again, God called me to seek those who were in the bondage of addiction. I had no leadership skills or knowledge of helping those held by their stubborn habits and addictions. God’s provision has allowed me to see many trophies of grace restored through our RU Recovery ministry these fifteen years.
So often, we fear the unknown.
We cannot see our way clear to the other side of a problem nor control the outcome of situations and circumstances that we face. Our enemy uses what we can see to cause us to doubt and fear that we cannot see.
We must gather evidence to combat doubt, fear, and inadequacy. God knew who He called. He knew what we were when He saved us. What greater glory can we give God when others see and know just how incapable we indeed are of the miraculous He does through us!
Those with talent and skill are almost at a disadvantage because they must wholly deny what it is they can do in the flesh to allow God to perform His will through them. When we submit our gifts and talents to God, He can utilize them as He sees fit, not as we would.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
In one fell swoop, Saul lost all that God intended for him by obeying God his way and not completing what he was commanded to do.
As we go through our day, are we listening for the Spirit’s lead in the everyday things of life?
Being ready to answer for the hope in us or being a willing witness for Christ allows Him to move us when our path comes across one seeking. I can share a plethora of stories to tell of being commanded to do that which my mind and flesh said, “Impossible.”
The bottom line is this: our faith must go beyond any reasoning we have against what God tells us to do. Our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked. We cannot trust what we think when it goes against what God commands.
We may miss catching much fish like Simon (Peter), but miracles await those of us willing to simply trust and obey.
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus; than to trust and obey.”