Obedience Is Key

fishersmain2013“And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” – ‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭1-11‬

Here in this passage of Scripture we see an interesting little lesson, look again:

“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.” – ‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭4-6‬

The first point worth noting here is that Simon, a fishermen, worked all night fishing to no avail. Take a moment to think about this, hours upon hours of hard work and sweat with nothing to show for it but disappointment and an empty stomach!  Can you relate?  Have you ever worked on a project that produced nothing but disappointment?  Well, I can. In some way or another we all have put lots of effort into something that didn’t turn out the way we expected and we ended up suffering loss instead of gain.

So now, after all this hard work Simon must have been tired and weak. He had given up all hope for a catch that day as evidenced by the fact that he was cleaning his nets.  Though Simon was discouraged and done for the day, Jesus came asked him to let down his nets one more time.  Notice his response, can’t you sense the reluctance in his response, with at least a tinge of doubt? Yet with this reluctance, doubt, exhaustion, and inconvenience he was still obedient to the request of Jesus and let down the net.  It seems to me that obedience is the key.  There will be times that we won’t be in agreement to the call or request of Christ, but will we be obedient nonetheless?  Will we chose to trust Him instead of relying on our own strength, efforts, and experience?

“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.” – Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭1-15‬

It is vitally important that we choose to obey the Word of God, recognizing HIS WISDOM & direction is, by far, better than our own!!!  He is, after all, the very source of all knowledge!  The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom!  It’s only after we choose to obey Him, that we find that He was right all along!

“And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” – Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭7-11

If you find you’re in need of stepping out in faith, even if you doubt yourself, trust in the Word of God and obey anyway. Once you do you will find that it only serves to prove God right and strengthen your faith and trust in Him!

And lastly, here’s another little nugget for you:

Promotion!!! Peter went from catching fish, to fishing for men. It was His obedience that led to his ministry.  But it cost him everything he had.  He left behind his job, his boat, his family & followed Christ, but in return he gained everything!

@ Submitted By Heather Wright

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One thought on “Obedience Is Key

  1. Amen! I love this message. There are numerous passages in the Bible about fishing. We tend to fish in the west with bait or lures, but in the East they tend to use nets. Hence “Cast ALL your care upon Him for He careth for you.” When you “cast” a net, you hold it over your head and literally “throw it” at the water. The line is tied to a finger or wrist so it is not lost, and the net is drawn back to the fisherman. The Fisherman receives the reward as a gift. Only God knows how many fish will be in the net, we just have to throw it out there. “Keep on casting your bread upon the water….” (There’s more)

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