Obedience

Has the Lord ever asked you to do something that just didn’t make any sense? Put something on your heart that your immediate thought was are you sure? Since Christmas, the kids and I in KFC have been studying the life of Jesus. This week’s lesson was about when Jesus called his first disciples. (Luke 5:1-11) At the beginning we find Jesus teaching the crowd. Then He notices some fishermen cleaning their nets. He approaches them and gets into the boat and asked that they push him out a little bit. He then proceeds to teach from the boat. However, when He is done, He tells Simon to go back out and let down his nets. Now, here is Simon who was cleaning his nets, he was done, he was ready to go home. As you read further you find out he and the others had been out all night fishing and they had caught nothing. So, when Jesus says go back out and let down your net. I’m sure Simon’s first reaction was not one of excitement. He could have given Jesus any number of excuses. He could have said, but Master, don’t you know we have tried and it hasn’t worked, or Master, we are tired and hungry. Even Master, could we do this another time? Yet, this is not how Simon responds, he responds by saying, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” What Jesus asked of him did not make sense and he could have refused. Yet he did not. I’m sure you all know the rest of the story. Once he let down his net, they caught so many fish, they could not even get the nets into the boat, they had to get others to help and once they did get the fish into the boat, it was so heavy, that the boat began to sink! Had Simon failed to obey because it didn’t make sense or because he just was too tired, he would have missed out on the greatest catch of his life. Yet, because he obeyed, he was blessed and saw the Lord do a marvelous work. As I thought on this, the Lord spoke to my heart asking me, “will you obey me even when it doesn’t make sense, even when what I ask of you is too hard, even when you are tired and weary?”

Sometimes obeying the Lord doesn’t make sense, sometimes when we obey Him, our friends question us or laugh at us. Other times, we are just too weary to obey and want to put what He’s prompting us to do off until tomorrow. Yet, as I studied this passage I was given a desire to obey Him. The Lord does know what is best, He does know what we need. We can trust Him. So we should be quick to obey His prompting. What He ask doesn’t have to make sense, all that matters is that we follow His command. And rest assured when you do, you should get ready to see the Lord’s blessings flow!

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