“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.” Luke 5:5.
I don’t know about you, but for the most part my attention span is extremely short, except for when I am writing. The moment I take up my laptop to write, I become so comfortable and peaceful that time just doesn’t seem to matter at all. Once you enjoy what you do, you will spend quality time doing it and you will not rest until its done.
That was the case with Simon in Luke 5. He had spent all night fishing and according to scripture he did not catch anything. If he were doing it for fun or just to make some quick cash, maybe he would have given up after the first couple hours. But he kept on going because he was a fisherman who not only fished for a living, but he loved his profession. So, he kept on going until day breaks. Later, that morning Jesus would have come on the scene and would have asked Simon to take him out on the boat. Simon did not tell Jesus that he was fishing all night nor did he tell him how tired he was or how disappointed he felt after fishing all night and caught nothing, but instead, he humbly did what Jesus asked him to do.
Simon or Simon Peter’s story has taught me a few things. One, we must always be obedient to God first and foremost. Two, our location matters and it is a clear reminder that God knows what we need before we even ask (Mathew 6:8). It is also proof that no matter where you find yourself, even if you feel like your situation is hopeless, Jesus can make all the difference for you. He can make the barren fruitful (1 Samuel 1:19-20).
Today, many of you have decided to call it. You have toiled in prayer for so many years and still no change in your situation. Like Simon Peter, you have already decided to dock the boat, wash the net, and accept your fate. But I am here to tell you that Jesus is about to come into your space to change your outcome. But you must be obedient when he speaks to you, you cannot let fear and doubt get in the way. You must be ready to say that Lord though this may seem impossible, at thy word I will knock on this door again, at thy word I will send out another job application, at thy word I will give my marriage another try, at thy word Lord I will! My friends, I really believe that even now, God is about ready to bless you with an overflow that you will not be able to contain. It will be evident, and it will happen in front of your enemies (Psalms 23:5). Get ready for an overflow in your home, in your bank account in your health and in everything that concerns you in the name of Jesus. It doesn’t matter what season you are in, when the master of the sea, and the one who controls the universe shows up, your circumstances will change.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord today please remove every doubt and fear from my heart so I can be obedient to your instructions, and at thy word Lord I will, in the name of Jesus. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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