Listen To The Right Voice- Part 2
Yesterday in our devotional, we learnt from Luke chapter 5 how we need to turn down the negative voices, rational voices and cynical voices we hear, and turn up the Voice of God. We ought to learn from Simon Peter how he simply obeys the instruction of Jesus despite his human reasoning and others’ comments possibly telling him otherwise.
Today, God continues to speak to me through this passage in Luke chapter 5. God shows me how after Simon Peter listens to, obeys and acts on Jesus’ Words, what happens is more than just Simon Peter having a huge catch of fish.
Luke 5:5-11 (NLT/CEV)
5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if You say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”
6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!
7 They called out 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.
8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around You.”
9 He and the other fishermen were amazed at the many fish they caught.
10 His partners, James and John, sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”
11 The men pulled their boats up on the shore. Then they left everything and followed Jesus.
This encounter recorded in the Bible never ceases to amaze me. Jesus is our Living God. He is omnipotent. Jesus could have filled the boats with fishes in an instant, if fishes were all He wanted Simon and the people to have. But Jesus instructs Simon to go out deeper into the sea and let down his nets again. What Jesus gives Simon is what he truly needs – not fish but His Word.
Jesus wants us to stand upon His Word and not the blessings and successes He gives us. The Bible tells us “faith without works is dead”. Jesus wants us to always stand on His Word and act on His instructions, so that by our obedient works, our faith is living and active, producing life and transformation in our lives and that of others.
When Simon’s nets are about to tear because of the enormous number of fish caught, he calls out to his partners. He has caught so many fish that he cannot contain them by himself. And he is gathering others to be part of the blessing. Simon does not think that since those are the people who did not go out to the sea a second time with him, they should be left out of the blessings. No! Simon invites them to join him to share with him the miraculous catch.
Church is like this! God blesses each of us and wants us to celebrate together and be on this journey of growth and joy together. Because when we are together and united in all things, we achieve more than what we can on our own.
Simon and his fishing partners initially caught nothing on their own but in just a matter of one night, because of Simon’s obedience to Jesus’ instruction, they go from ‘nothing’ to ‘the biggest catch ever’, from ‘lack’ to ‘more than enough’! Simon has just experienced an amazing miracle. He could be calculating the profits and celebrating how comfortable his life would be in the days ahead.
But Simon does not respond in this way. He begins to realize who he is and who Jesus is. He confesses to Jesus that he is a sinner who is not deserving of Jesus. To this, Jesus does not respond with listing all the past failings and mistakes Simon has committed. Instead, Jesus comforts Simon by telling him not to be afraid, and reveals to him what God’s calling and mission for him is – that he shall be fishing for people, winning people for Christ. Jesus is inviting Simon and the rest to follow Him into an even bigger catch, a bigger life He has for them.
Luke 5:11 tells us Simon and the men upon reaching the shore, lay aside everything and follow Jesus.
Friends, we must remember that Simon and all the fishermen have just received possibly the biggest blessing in their life – a huge catch of fish, an immense addition to their livelihood and wealth. At the Word of Jesus telling them they will be fishing for people, they lay aside their biggest blessing ever to follow Jesus. They know it is better to follow the One who gives the blessing than to follow the blessing. Because when they follow Jesus, Jesus is always there with them, always able to provide the fish they need every day of their lives.
Would you listen to God’s Voice and follow His lead into the greatest adventure of your life which is to win people for God’s Kingdom? Is there something God is reminding you today to walk away from, so you can follow Him wholeheartedly? Be still. Listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit. Follow and obey that Voice.
Let us pray together.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that because of You, my life and future have been called to be more exciting and fruitful than what I can imagine. I am reminded this day, that all that You are blessing me with, are for me to share with the people around me and to add to Your church. All the gifts and talent You have endowed me with, are for me to use to bless and empower people and to grow Your church. I heed Your Voice and Your calling, O God. I commit to go out to fish for people, to reach out to them with Your love and Gospel, and lead them into Your eternal Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”