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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Because God Says So

In review of Luke 5:4-5 it says, “When [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’”

Bottom Line:
Listen and obey immediately when Jesus asks you to do something. Give up your way and do his way.

What this means to me:
I need to listen and obey immediately when I get direction from God. With Jesus is in my boat, I should follow what he says (because he says so.)  As a follower of Jesus Christ, he expects me to obey whatever he tells me to do, even if it appears foolish, doesn’t make sense financially, or even if I don’t fully understand it (and scared to death about it.). Luke 5:4-5 says, “When [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets’” (NIV). Not only did Jesus get in the boat, but suddenly he began giving fishing instructions to professional fishermen. Peter’s reaction is interesting. First, he didn’t argue with Jesus. He didn’t say, “Excuse me, Lord. You’re a carpenter. I’m a fisherman. And those fish aren’t biting! Who are you to tell me how to do my job?” And, he didn’t hesitate. When Jesus said to launch the boat, he didn’t say, “Why don’t we think about this for a minute? Let’s form a committee and vote on it” or “We’re pretty dirty and tired here, Lord. How about we try again later?” Instead he responded to Jesus with unquestioned obedience. If I can become a because-you-say-so believer, I believe God will bless my life. His instructions do not have to make sense; if God says so, I should do it, trusting him in faith. In short, disobedience will always hurts me, mainly because I’ll miss out on the blessing he planned to give me through it. Because of my recent illness and surgery’s I have held back on doing what I believe God had asked me to do back in February; beginning to get involved in the lives of those around me (mentoring.) It’s scary, however, I know once I take that step forward that God will provide blessing to those around and to myself.

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