Obey His Instruction not minding the Situation: Gospel Today Devotional - 4th May, 2024

One common thing amongst little children is the fact that they obey instructions that their parents give to them without doubting. Many times, they do not even argue with them. They just want to do that which they are asked to do of course. While it is so easy for people not to trust one another, it is equally easy for people to trust one another. You agree with me, don't you? That which even keeps any marriage is trust. It is the reason why the wife will regard the word of her husband, and vice versa.

Obey His Instruction not minding the Situation: Gospel Today Devotional - 4th May, 2024

Let's say we have this scenario where a child who was on the roof top was asked by his father to jump down with a promise to catch him, do you think the child would jump or not? Well, that depends. If over time, the father has proven himself to be trusted, the child will be willing to jump not minding the consequence, why? Because he has this belief that the father will be there to catch him when he jumps. This is that which trust is capable of doing. 

Today, we shall be looking into the scripture to examine that which happened between the Lord Jesus, and Simon Peter, the result of that experience, and the lessons applicable to us as believers today. I trust that the Lord himself will minister to our very hearts as we read through. The passage of scripture under consideration is seen below,

"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." ( Luke 5:5).

Jesus had finished talking to some set of people when he looked at Simon Peter, and then instructed him to launch into the deep for a great catch. This was surprising to him as scripture explains. Why so? His response at first. Before the instruction from the Lord Jesus came to him, they had toiled all night without any result. What difference will it make now if they decide to try again he must have thought?

Little wonder he answered the Lord Jesus the way he did, 'Lord we have laboured all night, and have caught nothing'. That alone was enough reason not to obey  the instruction, don't you think? Of course. However, Simon didn't disobey but rather he listened. This is a paraphrase of that which the scripture says about the response of Peter: "Although we have laboured all night, and caught nothing, but at your instruction, I will put in another effort. I will not let that discourage me. Although the surrounding situation does not look like it, I will obey your instruction. I will do as you have instructed". He did obey, and the result was indeed overwhelming. It pays to do things at his word.

To you reading this today, it's possible you're discouraged as a result of the fact that you have attempted that particular thing many times wit no result, and have given up on wanting to try again. The word of the Lord comes to you today just as it came to Simon Peter, to launch, to try this time, for a great catch(great result). At his word, just do it this once, and the Lord will give you  results beyond your imagination. No matter what the situation is, you should obey his instruction. May this comfort your heart today. Amen.

Thought for the day

Have you tried many times with no result? Do not be discouraged. Just like Christ said to Peter, he is saying to you to launch and this time, for an overwhelming result.

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