‘Because you say so, I will.’ – Luke 5:5 NIV
The Bible says: ‘When he [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”…When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break…Then Jesus said…“Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they…left everything and followed him’ (vv. 4-11 NIV). This story shows us three ways that God can work: 1) He uses ordinary situations to do extraordinary things. While the disciples were in their normal workplace, Jesus showed up, called them, and changed their lives. So we need to be looking for God’s surprises in our ordinary daily routines. He meets us where we are, in what we think is mundane, and creates something amazing. 2) He moves us out from the security of the shallow waters to the risks of the deep. The thing with fishing is that to get the best catch, the net has to be cast into deep waters. The greatest catches and the big storms are in the same sea. If we want to experience the catch, we’ll have to face the storms too. But Jesus promises to be with us in the storm. 3) He encourages us to stretch our faith. He called the disciples to something bigger than fishing; He called them to help in His mission to save people. And that was a pretty big call. When God tells us to do something that really stretches our faith to its limit, we have a choice. We can give in to doubt, or say, like Peter, ‘Because You say so, I will.’
As you’re going through your normal day, look out for God’s surprises and opportunities to step out and do something extraordinary for Him.
Source: Culled from United Christian Broadcasters Ltd
We are pleased to send you today’s devotion on the topic: “THE USE OF TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE FOR GOD’S KINGDOM“, culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper. Please allow the Spirit of God minister to you through it and share it with your family and friends.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee