MONDAY 10TH JULY 2017
TEXT: Luke 5:5 “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…,”
The disciples were overwhelmed by a sense of failure: ‘We have toiled all night and caught nothing’ (v. 5). Look at them, washing their nets–the last thing fishermen do before they pack up and head for home. That’s when Jesus showed up! He waits until you’ve reached the end of your rope, then He steps in. Why? Because as long as you think you can solve the problem on your own, you won’t reach for Him. Do you feel overwhelmed by failure today? Are you saying, ‘Lord, I tried so hard, but look at my marriage, my finances, my career. I’ve been mistreated and overlooked. Perhaps they’re right about me; maybe I’m not supposed to be blessed.’ No, Jesus can turn your situation around if you’ll go to Him and say what Peter said: ‘Master… because you say so, I will.’ Obedience, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense, is what leads to blessing. Notice what happened next: ‘They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break’ (v. 6).
On the other side of your decision to obey God waits a blessing so great that it’ll also touch the lives of those around you. One word changed everything–‘Master’. It’s an expression of worship. It’s an acknowledgment that He’s in control of the circumstances you’re facing. Master over weakness. Master over fear. Master over lack. Go ahead and say it: ‘Master, take control of things. Better still, take control of me.’ Jesus had bigger things in mind for the disciples. After this miracle we read, ‘They… left everything and followed Him’ (v. 11).
MEDITATION: John 6:68
BIBLE STUDY – Josh. 12-13, Ps. 145, Jer. 6, Matt. 20