When he 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 (NIV)
I have thought of myself as being an expert. The subject hasn’t seemed to matter much. I have had this attitude that I “knew it all.” My pride filled, sinful attitude made to be something like a full glass that nothing more could be poured into. I could not receive instructions. I would not follow directions. I thought that I knew exactly when and where I was going. I thought I knew exactly how and what I should do. Do your words sound pathetic to you? Yes, my words sound pathetic to me. It is embarrassing for me to admit how full of myself that I have been. It is a good thing that you are now willing to admit your pride. I’m sure of that.
What changed for you? You changed me. Life changed me. You used the error of my ways and the foolishness of my thinking to change me. How so? A pride filled, “know it all” kind of life, will always lead to brokenness. Why is that? I don’t know it all. I make mistakes. I need help. I need guidance and direction. I can’t see the future. I don’t know where I should go. I don’t know what I should do. In every way, I need your help. The brokenness of my own bruised and battered life caused me to cry out to you. I asked for your help. I asked for your wisdom. I asked for your direction. Yes, you did. How did I respond to you? You welcomed me with open arms. You did not turn me away. You did not reject my request. You meet me in my need and answered my prayer. You are now leading me and guiding me through life. Yes, I am.
Do you always follow me? Do you always do what I ask? Do you always go where I send you? No, I am sure that I have made many mistakes. I have not always followed you perfectly. I have not always done what you have asked of me. I have not always gone where you have guided me. But, it is the desire of my heart to always say yes to you. You are teaching me. You are training me. Yes, I am. You are teaching and training me to say yes to you even when I don’t fully understand. You are teaching and training me to say yes to you simply because you have said so. Will you continue to say yes to me, because I have said so, even when you don’t fully understand? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, there have been many times when I have thought of myself as being an expert. I have thought that I knew it all. What a dangerous, deceptive sinful attitude. I am not an expert. I do not know it all. I will trust and obey you. I will do what you ask. Amen
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