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IF YOU SAY SO, LORD


Luke 5:4-6

When he 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 let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

Can you imagine a fisherman who has spent virtually his whole life on the sea, and can predict what can happen on any day he is going out to sea as a result of experience, listening to a young man who came into his life telling him to cast down his net on the right side of the boat? What is the most probable answer Peter would have given any man who gave him that instruction? Your guess is as good as mine. This time however, the expert fisherman’s response was different.

Peter obeyed the instruction simply because it was coming from no other person but Jesus. That throws in a tremendous truth we need to learn here. This experience can easily be categorized as influence. Jesus was so influential in the lives of these grown men that they would gladly do whatever He told them.

Replay Peter’s response in its right context. “If You the One who created the heavens and the earth, if You by whose power the entire universe has been sustained up till now, if You who the winds and waves obey, if You who have been teaching with such authority we have never heard before, if You are the One telling us to cast our net again, then we will do it?”.

If the disciples found nothing in Jesus that made His instructions worth obeying, they would not have obeyed Him. This is true worship, acknowledging that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer

1.       Spend time celebrating the Lordship of Jesus over the earth, sky and sea and all that is in them.

2.       Pray for grace to obey God instantly, asking no questions and making no human analysis like we sometimes do.

3.      Father, I thank You for being who You are. Your word is final. Help me obey Your commands instantly without questioning.

Declarations

I declare today that my Jesus deserves to be obeyed because there is none like Him in all the earth. No one comes close to His person and identity. I yield to His command. I choose to live by His word. The creative word of God will perfect all that concerns me in the name of Jesus.