Thursday’s Reading: “One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on Him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So He sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “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.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.” Luke 5:1-11
Simon, James, and John were fishermen by trade. They had worked hard all night long and caught nothing. Jesus, who was a carpenter by trade, instructed Simon to head back out and let down his nets again. Can you imagine what might have been going through Simon’s head? He must have been tired after a long nights work. He was possibly frustrated because his hard work hadn’t yielded any fish. Maybe he was even feeling a little bit hopeless. After all, fishing was his livelihood. If he didn’t catch any fish, he didn’t make any money. He might have even been surprised that Jesus, a carpenter, would give instruction to him about how to do his job. But Simon responds with faith and humility. Even though it didn’t make sense, even though he was probably tired, frustrated, and losing hope, he said “Because you say so, I will”. What an amazing response. Are there situations in your life right now where following Jesus doesn’t make sense? Are you struggling to believe that His way is the better way? Is Jesus calling you to take a step of faith in some area of your life? Ask God to give you the ability to respond like Simon did.
Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are the way, the truth, and the life. I want to follow You and walk in obedience to You, but sometimes I struggle to do it. There are areas in my life that I really struggle to be obedient to You. Sometimes, what You ask of me doesn’t make sense. Sometimes it seems so much easier to rely on my own ability to determine how I want to live. Give me the faith and the humility to respond to You in the same way as Simon did. Because you say so, I will.
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