Isn’t it true that we spend most of our time operating in our own strength and power? When was the last time you said, “Lord, You take over…” and wasn’t it after you had given it your best and your best wasn’t good enough to get it done. We often fall into the trap of thinking “This is what I do, and I will do it…Spiritual and impossible things are what God does and when I need help with those things I’ll turn to Him.” But just as it was for Peter, it is for us; God wasn’t out to prove to Peter He was a master fisherman, He was out to prove He was master even over the fish. So when Peter and the other expert, professional, experienced fisherman toiled all night and came up empty and Jesus showed up and asked them to launch out again (this time with Him on the boat), they were reluctant but respectful. But it wasn’t until Jesus finished preaching (the spiritual stuff) and got involved in “their stuff” that their eyes were opened: “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.” (Luke 5:6-8) But wait: after their biggest catch ever look what happened: “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:11 Our security is not in what we know, but rather in whom we know – Peter and the others realized that day Jesus wasn’t a master fisherman, He was master of all. How about you? What is it going to take for you to leave it all in His hands and follow Him?
Dr. William Burnham is pastor of Point of Grace Church in Covington. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.