Today’s Scripture Selection: Luke 5:5
“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
You can hear the exhaustion in his voice.
A professional fisherman; well experienced at his chosen trade; Peter had his doubts. In fact, that’s putting it mildly. He probably thought that it would be a complete waste of time to do what Jesus was saying to do. And I wouldn’t be surprised if this tough laborer was more than a little annoyed at the order. But, he would do it.
Maybe Jesus was making a point of being in charge.
Maybe it was a test of obedience.
Maybe Jesus was trying to see how loyal his new followers were.
But it wasn’t any of those things.
No, the Master simply wanted to show Simon and the others that if they would follow Him – amazing things were in store for all of them.
They would become fishers of men; whatever that meant.
For now, it was enough that they see that Jesus’ authority and power was like something they had never seen before – never even dreamed of before.
Two thousand years later – sometimes we need reminding of that too.
Most of us are a rather independent lot. We like doing what we want to do; when we want to do it. Sometimes we make sacrifices for friends; family; co-workers; or for some personal “greater” goal we have in mind.
Simply following Christ as Lord and Master – that can sometimes be tough to do.
But if we do – we will find what Simon, Paul, Timothy, Mary, Martha, and so many others have found.
The Master knows what He is doing. The Master can be trusted. The Master has a plan that includes us. And, most of all, the Master loves us – even as He loves the entire world.
How can we do anything but follow?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Master, help me to follow in faithful obedience, wherever you lead. AMEN.