Obedience

23 Sep Obedience

“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 let down the nets.” (Luke 5:4-5)

I am all too familiar with Simon’s thought process. There are areas in my life where my attitude right now is a little frustrated, and kinda irritated at the lack of results compared to the time invested. Know what I mean? How many times have you “cast your nets” all day with nothing to show for it? However, Simon’s final response is something worth noting –

“But because You say so, I will let down the nets.”

What an obedient act of worship. Remember, Simon had been fishing all night. He had to have been exhausted – physically and mentally. If it was me, the last thing I would want to hear at this moment was to go fish even more. Yet regardless of how he felt or what he thought of Jesus’ request, Simon obeyed. He had (really) good (human) reason why he didn’t NEED to do what Jesus was saying, but he did. He let down the nets one…more…time. Look what he got in return:

“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.” (vs 6-7)

Obedience doesn’t always mean we will get two boats full of fish every day. But what it does mean, is that (like Simon did) we trust that God knows the circumstances that surround us, and that He has the best in mind. It’s pertinent that we trust Him for His kind of results and not get wrapped up in only what we see. Until we surrender our hopes/dreams for the hopes/dreams He has for us, we will continue to wrestle and struggle and complain that life isn’t going the way we want it to. But when we choose to obey, regardless of what we see, we choose the best possible outcome for our life. The adventure of all adventures! 🙂 For example:

Shortly after Simon’s fishing escapade, Jesus invited Simon to follow Him, saying from now on that he would “fish for people”. So right then and there he became a missionary. From a fisherman to a missionary (whose life would impact the church for generations to come, even until today) — Simon’s life changed suddenly. And isn’t it interesting that all this came directly after Simon obeyed?

So what does all this mean….?
Learning to trust the journey Jesus has for you and I and not getting too disappointed by what we don’t see (but want to see) can be hard. However, in learning from Simon’s example, it’s worth it. As I learn to obey when Jesus speaks (even if it looks like packing a suitcase one more time), I’m going to be believing there is a much bigger story that I get to be apart of in mind. Join me? Like the old hymn says,

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

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