If You Say So

When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Take the boat into deep water, and put your nets in the water to catch some fish.”

Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, and we caught nothing. But you say to put the nets in the water, so I will.” When the fishermen did as Jesus told them, they caught so many fish that the nets began to break. They called to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full that they were almost sinking. Luke 5:4-7

When have you prayed something like this when God has guided you to make a particular decision? God, I hear what you’re saying, but I have to say that I don’t think it will work. I’ve tried already. I’ve been patient. Nothing has happened. But if you say so, I will.

Or have you been more stubborn and explained to God why something wouldn’t work, not adding the additional commitment to yield to his instruction?

Simon trusted Jesus. He obeyed even though it didn’t make sense to him. It was more important that he follow Jesus than do it his own way. His rationalization didn’t cause him to ignore Jesus. He took the focus off the solution and placed it firmly on the one who was giving the solution. He might not have trusted the solution, but he trusted the solution-giver.

When has someone given you advice that you ignored because you were confident it wouldn’t work? When has someone given you advice you thought might not work or would be uncomfortable for you but you followed it anyway because of the respect you had for the person?

When people have proven themselves trustworthy to us, we’re more likely to listen. When we prove ourselves as trustworthy, others are more likely to listen – even when what we suggest goes against what someone thinks will work. Of course, we as humans aren’t always going to have the right answers, so we have to discern whether or not the advice given matches with God’s Word and his character. When it does, we can proceed. Even when we’re not sure but can find nothing that conflicts with God’s Word and character, we can at least proceed with caution. God is trustworthy. Build trust in relationships he is bringing into your life.

Take a trust inventory. Who in your life is consistent with God’s Word? How consistent are you? You don’t need to isolate yourself from those who are inconsistent. After all, we all have faults and are growing. However, be discerning. God will guide you as you invest in relationships.

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