'Master...because you say so, I will.' Luke 5:5 NIV
There the disciples were, gathering in their nets. They’d sweated through the nightshift without a bite. Then Jesus showed up, saying: ‘Push out into deep water…’ Like a carpenter would know more than a professional fisherman? ‘Let your nets out for a catch,’ He went on. Peter decided to humour him. ‘Master…because you say so, I will.’ Soon the net was so full it was about to break. Peter yelled to his partners for help.
Two thousand years later Jesus still shows up just as we’re about to pack up and go home. So often, He waits until we’ve reached the end of our rope, then steps in. Why? Because He likes to see us squirm in doubt and failure? Never. Too often we rely on our own abilities and only bring God in when we really need Him. But everything we do matters to Him. He cares that we have a deadline on Friday or that we’ve lost our keys. He wants to help, even in those small things. It’s a massive waste of time and a lot more stress trying to solve things on our own. Jesus doesn’t wait until we’re at the pulling–hair–out–stage of a problem before He steps in. It’s actually up to us to invite Him into the situation before it escalates. He’s there, ready to help, waiting for us to ask. Wherever you go today, when you’ve finished what you’re there to do, take ten minutes out before heading home. Spend those minutes in quiet prayer, or worshipping God. Talk to Him before you reach the end of your net.
SoulFood: Deut 11-13, Matt 7:15-29, Ps 37:25-31, Prov 12:1-3
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