|SCRIPTURE TEXT: [Jesus] 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.” — Luke 5:4–5|
Would you, an expert, take the advice of a non-expert when you know it may not yield the desired result? I know your answer will be “Why on earth will I do that?” Well, Peter did! Yes, Peter, contrary to his good judgement as an experienced fisherman, followed Jesus’ instruction to cast his net once more. I’m not sure where those fish had been hiding all night, but this time his net was full of fish he had to call for help.
Do you think it was easy for Peter to obey Jesus? I don’t think so. Yes, Jesus’ instructions were simple “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish” but it was not easy to follow. Why? Firstly, it seemed practically a ‘waste of time’ because fishermen usually catch fish in the night not in broad daylight. Secondly, he may have been exhausted after working all night and not catching anything. To make matters worse, Jesus was not a fisherman. Yet Peter simply obeyed.
It wasn’t easy for Peter to follow but he said “if You say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” That is obedience. We should always trust and obey Christ even if It does not make meaning to our human sense. Peter obeyed and was rewarded. So shall we if we trust and obey.
PRAYER: “O Lord, grant me the humility of heart to be obedient to Your will at all times.” Amen.