“Simon said, ‘Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.’ It was no sooner said than done–a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. . .” Luke 5:5-6 MSG
What have you been tackling hard recently?
Where is it that you’re trying and trying, working at full capacity, giving it all you’ve got and yet still coming up short?! Maybe it’s in a parent-child relationship, maybe it's a work situation, perhaps it’s a challenge at home–health, finances, relationships. . . Simon was a pro fisherman. He knew his stuff and yet that night there was nothing to show for his effort and hard work. Nothing. So disappointing, so tiring, so frustrating.
Along comes Jesus, a carpenter, who simply tells him, “push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch. . .” Really. Really Jesus? You’ve seen how hard I’ve been working, you’ve seen the hours of preparation and effort. You know that the best time of fishing is at night and not in the day. I’m tired, I’ve given it all I’ve got. . . Simon could have given Jesus a shed load of excuses as to why going out to fish then was a bad idea.
But if you say so. . . that simple phrase shows us the correct response to Jesus. If Jesus says something, it’s worth following through. Simon was a pro fisherman, but also had a right understanding of Jesus: “Master”, boss, leader, commander. . . if you say so, then I will do it.
What is it that you’ve been tackling in your own strength where you need to stop and let Jesus direct you? He promises wisdom when we ask for it. “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6). Have you been acknowledging Jesus? Have you been giving excuses? Have you brought your situation before Him? When we let him direct our paths and our work then he brings fruitfulness. “He will be gracious if you ask for help. . . He will answer you.” (Isaiah 30:19)
Friend, perhaps it's time for us to utilise that phrase in our own situations.
Jesus, we want to be a people who are able to listen to your instruction and obediently declare, "If You say so." Would you equip us to respond swiftly to your call, to be faithfully in tune with Holy Spirit, and fully trusting of the Father's heart for us. Forgive us where we've held back, trusted our own way, or refused to bend our will to yours. I pray you would release us to discover the harvest You have, the abundance and provision You long to pour into our lives when we begin to live in full, obedient, surrender. Your will be done in our lives as it is in heaven, amen.
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