Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
Loving and gracious God, we know we do not always live the life to which we are called: We turn away from You, and from our true selves. You command us to shine Your light, but we often hide it instead. We are prideful and self-righteous, and desire control instead of trusting You to guide our steps. We know that You love us, that You do not abandon us, and that You pursue us even when we turn away from You. Thank You for loving us unconditionally, Forgive us, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, he expects you to obey whatever he tells you to do — even if it appears foolish to other people, even if it doesn’t make sense financially, even if you don’t understand it and you’re scared to death.
Luke 5:4-5 says, “When [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’” (NIV).
Not only did Jesus get in the boat, but suddenly he began giving fishing instructions to professional fishermen.
Notice Peter’s reaction. First, he didn’t argue with Jesus. He didn’t say, “Excuse me, Lord. You’re a carpenter. I’m a fisherman. And those fish aren’t biting! Who are you to tell me how to do my job?”
And, he didn’t hesitate. When Jesus said to launch the boat, he didn’t say, “Why don’t we think about this for a minute? Let’s form a committee and vote on it” or “We’re pretty dirty and tired here, Lord. How about we try again later?”
What did Peter do? He responded to Jesus with unquestioned obedience.
If you will become a because-you-say-so believer, God will bless your life. His instructions do not have to make sense to you; if God says so, you do it, and you trust him in faith.
I don’t know what God’s already told you to do, but I will tell you this: Disobedience always hurts you, because you miss the blessing.
Talk It Over
- Is there something God told you to do that you’re not doing?
- Is there something that keeps you from trusting God’s way is better than yours?
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:
Prayer: Dear God, come into our lives again and again to cast out our fear, invite us to lives of meaning and purpose, and call us to follow you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Devotional By Rick Warren