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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

I Will Find God’s Best on the Other Side of Obedience

In review of Luke 5:5 it says, “‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again’” (NLT).

Today’s verse is Luke 5:5 where Simon responds to Jesus request.  “Sir,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, we’ll try again.”

Setbacks happen all the time. The simplest step to comeback is just two words: Obey God.

God may have told me something that’s illogical and foolish. Something that makes no sense financially, relationally, or emotionally. Worse yet, it scares me to death. But if God tells me to do it, I need to do it.

For the past couple of days, I’ve been looking at a story from the Bible about a business setback. In Luke 5, Simon Peter and Andrew had been fishing all night and caught nothing. For first-century fishermen, it would have been an awful setback.

But Jesus came by and used their boat to preach. Then Jesus told them: “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish” (Luke 5:4 NLT). It was completely illogical. It made no sense. But Jesus said to go out deeper and drop their net.

So why did Jesus say for them to go deeper? What I’m learning is that’s where I’ll find the big fish. It’s also the biggest risk. There’s no faith without risk. So Simon Peter did what Jesus told him to do. He didn’t do it because it was a smart or popular idea. He did it because God told him to do it. In this case he did it. And God gave Simon Peter and Andrew a bigger business success than they could have dreamed. The Bible says God gave the brothers so many fish that their nets tore and they had to enlist the help of other fishermen.

But none of that happened until Simon Peter obeyed Jesus—even when it was illogical.

What has God told me that I’m not doing?  Does it seem impossible? Does it make little sense financially? Is he telling me to go into the deep water? It doesn’t matter. God wants you to take a risk and obey him.

I can either stay in the shallow end where it’s safe or go into the deep water where the big fish are. The choice is mine.

Once I obey, God will take care of the rest. My best days are on the other side of my obedience.

Bottom Line:
Obedience is key to blessings

What this means to me:
My obedience will bring blessings and success.

In summary, when I follow him and what he asks, I will find success. Obedience is key. Jesus will call me to go out further in faith and not where is safe. Without my faith there is no risk. Nothing will happen until I obey. The choice is mine. Be safe or step out in faith. God promises that if I obey, he will do the rest.

It is important for me to listen to what he tells me and to obey it. To know this, I must recognize and consult him in my decisions or allow my understanding of his ways and what he asks of me to become my natural response. I also need to take steps to be obedient and do what he tells me. This morning Father I pray for clarity and insight to hear from him. To put into practice what I learn from my daily time with him. I also pray Father for your wisdom and guidance in my day, my activities, my leadership and my interactions with others. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen.

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