If You Say So

If You Say So

07 January 2009

Reference(s): Luke 5:4-6 


4 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.” 5 “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.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! (Luke 5:4-6 NLT)


Simon Peter was already beginning a relationship with Jesus. He was a new believer with plenty to learn (I’m a long-term believer with plenty to learn!) When Jesus (a carpenter) told Simon (a professional fisherman) what to do to catch fish, Simon wasn’t sure it would work.

There are a lot of ways to say, “If you say so…,” but however Simon Peter said it, he did it. The results were absolutely overwhelming. This experience of obeying a direct word from the Lord and seeing the results was enough to make Simon Peter a full-on believer and full-time follower of Christ!


Here’s the main lesson for me today. My simple obedience to a direct word from the Lord will accomplish more than all my knowledge, experience, and sweat. I’m responsible to do my best with what I know and what I have, but when God clearly speaks to me, the absolutely best thing to do is simply and quickly obey.


Father, It seems like I have to learn this lesson again and again. Thanks for the gentle reminder that my wisest and best response to your command is “If you say so, I’ll do it!” Amen.

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