Read: Luke 5: 1-11
Going Deeper, Part Too
Luke 5: 4 (ESV) And when he had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”.
1. After listening to Christ, Simon was asked to trust Him even more. Simon “toiled” all night without success. However, the big difference now was that Christ was with him.
2. Once Simon realized he was in the presence of Christ, he became afraid. He knew how inadequate he was, and was humbled.
3. God asks us, like Simon, to listen to Him, to trust Him, and to follow Him no matter how deep the water gets.
Hurricane Harvey has caused us to either trust God more, be afraid, or both. Those who suffered loss because of Harvey, know more about deep water now. While water flooded out my cars and first floor, I decide to read some of my old SOAP blogs. Seeing that I could do nothing else, I read my blog published a few months earlier on March 4, 2017, entitled “Majestic Trees”. After reading it, I shared it through my Facebook account.
As I read what God was telling me then, I recalled how Joshua was commissioned to be courageous and continue Moses mission to take his people to Jordan, the promise land. Much like Simon, I’m sure he realized that he was inadequate on his own as he was asked to dig deeper and trust God more. Now, as water threatened to remove things which God had provided, He asked me to trust Him and go deeper with Him.
My “Majestic Trees” SOAP blog referred to a time when I was discouraged and afraid. While watching Bob Ross paint a beautiful landscape, I was sure he ruined it with a big black mark down the center. However, like when we believe our lives are ruined, God shows us how He, as the Master Artist will make our lives even better, if we just only trust Him.
As Christians, people will see us and perhaps even mock us. When we go through trials, these same people with watch us. They watch us to see if we really believe in Christ and His teachings. People will watch us when we are asked to go deeper and are still not afraid because He truly is with us. They will realize that we know something, rather someone, they don’t. Maybe then, through watching how we react to the storms in our lives, they too will want to know Christ, so they can go deeper too.
Loving and Sovereign Father. Nothing happens without Your permission. You have never lost control. Father please help those who are freighted and have lost hope. As the deep water rises, help them not to be afraid because You are with them. LORD, strengthen me so that others see You in me and want to know You more. LORD, I am Yours. Do with me what you want. In your name I pray, Amen.