WHEN WE SAY YES
But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.” – Luke 5:5
When Peter said “yes” to Jesus’ request to get into his boat, and later on to cast his net for a catch, the future of apostle’s plans and life were irrevocably changed. The following three benefits Peter received for his obedience to the Lord will be yours when you also walk in obedience to Him:
• Obedience to God will bring us into our destiny. At that moment of obedience Peter’s destiny was revealed to him. After Jesus had filled the empty nets with an enormous catch, He transformed Peter into a “fisher of men”. The Lord said to him, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men”. Peter’s life mission was made known to him through obedience.
• Obeying God allows Him to demonstrate His power in our life. Peter witnessed the miracle catch of fish that started with a “yes” to a simple request. He could have looked at his to-do list and said, “Too busy.” Or he could have said that would be a waste of time and effort, since they had toiled all night without a catch. Instead, he took the Lord at His word and saw the power of God at work. As a disciple of Christ, he saw firsthand the Lord’s transforming power in his own life.
• Obedience always results in a deeper understanding of God and of ourselves. Having seen the miracle of the full nets, Peter gained fresh insight into who Jesus was and how he, Peter, was a sinful man.
What is God asking of you today? What do you have that can be put at His service? Listen carefully, say ‘yes’ by following His directions, and watch what He accomplishes in and through you!
Prayer: Lord, give me a heart that is always obedient to your word.
Scriptural Reading: Luke 5:1-11
LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL 2017
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