Because you say so

“When [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets’” (Luke 5:4-5).

I find great inspiration and comfort from Peter, also called “Simon Peter” (as in Luke 5:1-11). He’s called to do great things, but he’s still very human. He puts his foot in his mouth and makes mistakes. Since we also frequently do those same things we can relate!

What I love about the story quoted above is that Peter does what Jesus tells him to do—even though he’s a bit skeptical. He’s a seasoned fisherman who has been labouring all night without any success.

But when Jesus tells him to let down the nets one more time, he trusts what Jesus says is possible more than what he thinks isn’t.

And, of course, the results are beyond amazing. Time for dinner and invite all your friends!

There’s a word in this story for us too. There are times when we may be skeptical about Jesus’ words. But we should still trust them and respond in faith.

A few weeks ago my wife Laura made an analogy during a lesson she was teaching at church. If you’re flying in a plane in a storm, and if you go through some turbulence, does that mean you should run into the cockpit and tell the pilot to move over because you know more about how to handle the situation than they do?

Of course not! But that’s what we do when we doubt the reliability of Jesus’ words when we’re navigating the turbulence of life.

“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

And so will we.

Trust what Jesus says is possible more than what you think isn’t.


NEW: Do you want to explore this story from Luke 5:1-11 with greater depth? If so, I’ve posted a podcast (that you listen to) of an in-depth look. Again, this is a preview from the yet-to-be-announced The Pulse Podcast. (More on that soon.) To tune in, go here.

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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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