Understanding How God Works

“Because you say so, I will.” Lk 5:5 NIV

The Bible says: “When he [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’… When they had done so, they caught such a large num­ber of fish that their nets began to break … When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees … For he and all his com­pan­ions were aston­ished …Then Jesus said … ’Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So, they … left every­thing and fol­lowed him” (vv. 4–11 NlV).

The real test of your faith comes when noth­ing you’ve tried has worked, and God tells you to do some­thing that stretch­es your faith to its lim­it. At that point, you have two choic­es: Give in to your doubts, or say with Peter, “Because You say so, I will.”

This sto­ry teach­es us God works in three ways:

  1. He uses the com­mon to do the uncom­mon. In their work­place where noth­ing spe­cial ever seemed to hap­pen, Jesus showed up, called them, and changed their lives. So, look for God in your dai­ly rou­tine, and don’t be sur­prised when He sur­pris­es you.
  2. He moves you out from the secu­ri­ty of the shal­low to the risks of the deep. The great catch­es and the great storms are both in the same sea. If you want one, you have to con­tend with the oth­er. No risk, no reward.
  3. He involves you in one thing to teach you anoth­er. Christ’s plan for these men was to involve them in an even greater mir­a­cle: fish­ing for souls. Today that’s His plan for you too. And it begins when you say, “Lord, because You say so, I will.”

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA. Pub­lished on 04/18/2017. Ort­berg, John. If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zon­der­van, 2008)