Remember your mom telling you to do something as a child and questioning it? Her reply, “You don’t always need to know why. Just do it, because I said so!” Now as an adult looking back, you know her response was somehow for your own good.
Have you ever had God tell you to do something, but you ignored it? You didn’t think you heard Him right? Or you questioned, because you weren’t sure how or why to do the thing He said do? Or maybe you had tried it before and weren’t successful, so you doubt how you would have success this time? The natural human response is to revert back to child-like behavior…question, run, make excuses, ignore or stall.
We sometimes stall by saying, “God will you confirm that I heard you right?” When He confirms, we say, “Now was that really confirmation?” Then we ask Him to confirm His confirming. Right?
Peter, James and John were expert fishermen. But they had been unsuccessful the previous night. Their boats were pulled up and they were calling it a day. As they were cleaning their nets, Jesus came on the scene, got in Peter’s boat and told him to move it offshore. Jesus preached to the crowd for a bit from the boat. Then He told Peter to put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch.
Peter explained that they hadn’t been successful all night. But then (I love this), He said…
“BUT BECAUSE YOU SAY SO …I will let down the nets.”
Reasoning, questions, fear often plague. But isn’t “BECAUSE YOU SAY SO” all the reason we really need?
The fishermen caught more fish than ever! Their nets were filled to ripping and their boats to sinking, all because Peter did what Jesus said do.
In the face of fear and doubt, may we say…
if You Jesus–God of the universe, Provider, all-knowing, omnipresent, God who sees me and my circumstances–IF YOU SAY SO, I’ll trust!
IF You say so, I’ll do it!
Associated scripture- Luke 5:1-11