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.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:4-11 (NIV)
What I Ask
Will you follow and obey? Will you go and do what I ask of you? Don’t be too quick to answer these questions. Let me ask you some more questions, before you answer me. Go ahead, I’m listening. Will you follow and obey me when what I am asking of you is difficult and costly? Will you go and do what I ask of you when you don’t completely understand where I am leading you and what I am requiring of you? Must you fully understand and completely agree with me before you follow and obey me? Now, you may answer my questions. I know one thing for certain. What’s that? It is not rare for you to ask me to go and do something that I don’t fully understand. Why is that? You know the future. I do not. You are wise. I am not. You have a purpose and plan for my life that unfolds day by day. If I needed to fully understand and completely agree with what you asked me to go and do for you, I would never take the first step. Why is that? I don’t like leaving my comfort zone. I don’t like trying to do what seems impossible to me. If I saw your entire plan for my life, all at once, I would say that you were asking far too much of me. I would be fearful. I would be timid. I would be filled with doubt and withdraw in defeat, without ever engaging in any battles. So, day by day, you ask me to say yes to you, one step at a time. So, day by day, you ask me to place my faith in you. So, day by day, you do in and through me what I could never do by myself. Isn’t that great? Isn’t that fantastic? Yes, it is. Will you keep on going and doing what I ask of you, even when you do not fully understand where I am leading you and what I am requiring of you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will say yes to you when I do not fully understand what you are asking of me. I will follow you when I am not certain where we are going. I will do what you give me to do based simply on your say so. Speak to me Lord, I am listening attentively to you. Amen
Key Question… When have you followed and obeyed the Lord even when you were not sure where you were going?
Living It Out… Say yes to the Lord even when you do not fully understand what He is asking of you.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith to say yes to the Lord even when you don’t fully understand what He is asking of you.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are saying yes to what the Lord asks of you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you say yes to whatever the Lord asks of you.
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