But If You Say So

But If You Say So

07 January 2009

Reference(s): Luke 5:1-7 


1 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. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 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. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets, and you will catch many fish.” 5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, we’ll try again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full they began to tear! 7 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. (Luke 5:1-7 NLT)


Here was Peter and his fellow fishermen doing what they knew how to do best; fish. Jesus comes along and uses Peter’s boat as a preaching platform and then tells Peter to go out further and let down their nets. Peter said to him that they had worked all night and had not caught anything (doing what they knew how to do), ‘but if you say so, we’ll try again’.


When I am doing what I think I know how to do best, would I be willing to say so quickly, ‘but if you say so, I’ll try again your way’? I hope so, but I’m not sure I always would. I do want to be at a place where if I hear God say something to me that seems to be different than the way I am used to doing it, I will be able to say, ‘but if you say so, I’ll try again your way’. I want to be that open to God and what He asks me to do.


Lord, that truly is my prayer today. I want to hear you speak to me and then I want to respond quickly and completely. You are my God, my strength, and my hope. I love you. AMEN

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