BASIC TEXT: Luke 18:19-25
KEY VERSE: Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me, Luke 18:22
Peter was a professional fisherman who knew how to gauge weather conditions, where to cast nets for the likeliest haul, and when to end an unproductive season. Because of his expertise, he may have silently questioned Jesus’ instructions of casting the net at dawn when they have toiled in vain all night. Sometimes, Jesus asks you to do something that seems unreasonable. It might involve leaving a job or ministry to take on a higher responsibility when life already feels overloaded or accepting an assignment that seems better suited for someone with a different skill. Yet, because of the One who is instructing, it is the right thing to do for the things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
The Scripture talks about many people who faced such a choice. Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac, Genesis 22:2. Noah was told to build an ark on dry land because a flood was coming, Genesis 6:14. Joseph was asked to enjoy the momentary pleasure with his master’s wife at the detriment of God, Genesis 39:7-20. Joshua was given a military strategy of marching around Jericho instead of attacking it, Joshua 6:25. Gideon, who was young and unsure but was told to send home most of his warriors before the battle, Judges 7:2-3. They all obeyed and experienced God’s power and great manifestations.
Do not let human logic dictate whether you follow the Lord or not. Trust in Him as Peter and these other faithful believers did. When an opportunity is blocked, remember that God has a reason for everything and will provide His love and protection, even in your disappointment. The Lord is also keeping His promise to work everything for your good, Romans 8:28. When one door has closed, another will open. Be wise and watch for it.
- Thank You Lord for yet another word of life unto my soul today
- Father, it is my conclusion to obey You, give me great grace O Lord
- Obeying You Father is not an option but a commandment, I am ready to obey Your holy words
- According to Psalm 119:11, O Lord, insert Your word into my heart and make me obedient to Your will /3x