'...All...were astonished at the catch of fish...' Luke 5:9 NIV
Jesus never trained as a fisherman; His trade was carpentry. Yet, in Luke chapter five, He gave fishing advice to professional fish–catcher Simon and his partners. Simon had worked all night and seemed to have decided to follow Jesus’ advice more to humour Him than anything else. Despite showing more than a hint of doubt, he still did what Jesus said. He didn’t say, ‘Look, buddy, I’m the professional here. It’s not the right time to fish.’ He simply said, ‘Because You say so.’ It works exactly the same for us. Whatever our specialist area is, God knows what we need to do to max–out our potential in it. And He’s ready to share that know–how. The problem is, we often assume we know best. Or that God isn’t particularly interested telling us how to be the best essay–writer ever, or most–efficient barista ever to have worked the coffee bar. But if God’s placed you in a role, He’s the best person to advise you on it. Just ask Him. Don’t let doubt stop you from saying, as Simon did, ‘Because You say so.’ Taking God’s advice in the everyday can often be more important than it seems. Simon did what Jesus suggested concerning his fishing–job. Then, as soon as that was done, he found himself moving on to being a ‘fisher of men’. God’s current plans and instructions may be preparation for, or a sign of, bigger plans to follow. So, take Him up on His advice, and see what happens.
SoulFood: Zech 12-14; Luke 23:26-34; Ps 52; Pro 24:32-34
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