TOTAL CHRISTIAN LIFE MINISTRY

Because You Said So

by Cynthia Jennings on November 4, 2020
How many of you remember being told as a child “because I said so!” I remember it so vividly and I vowed I would never say that to my children. My rationale was, my children deserve to know why I said they can’t have or do something. Needleless to say that vow was broken. In remembering one of my parental frustration moments the words came flaring out of my mouth…” Just do it, because I am your mother and I said so!” Can you relate to this statement?

In reading Luke 5:1-11 a phrase I extrapolated based on the context of this passage, is Simon Peter saying to Jesus, “because You say so.” God gave Simon a personal word to push out into the deep waters and let down his net. No other explanation or details were given. God basically told Simon Peter to “trust Me and the results will be unimaginable.”

This personal word Jesus gave to Simon Peter was a call to action. Jesus didn’t ask Simon Peter how many fish was previously caught or how long he had been fishing. A personal directive was given and Simon Peter responded in obedience.

You may not know how to literally fish, but we all have been in situations where we are fishing, that is fishing for answers. You know, that new detailed plan you are so convinced will work or that I’m smarter than everyone else syndrome. This type of fishing usually leaves God out thus resulting in an empty fish net.

God knows how to fish better than we do. He already has it figured out. What’s stopping you from pushing out into the deep waters of your circumstances and letting down your net?
Can you trust Him without having all the details?  

Trusting God without having all the details is the kind of trust that is total abandonment of any type of safety net, no exit in sight and a plan that makes no rational sense at all. In order to do this, you have to understand you are not trusting the plan. You are trusting the PLAN MAKER!

Are you in a season where you have been seeking God concerning a decision? You don’t want to do what God is asking because what He is asking makes no sense to you. Take a moment and think about Simon Peter. The Lord gave him a directive. In Simon Peter’s rational mind, he was probably thinking I already did this why is The Lord making me repeat a process I already thought of and executed but to no avail. Nevertheless, Simon Peter said, “because YOU say so.” Simon Peter understood it was The Lord who spoke to him. Simon Peter trusted what The Lord said and didn’t need to hear any details. Simon Peter trusted that regardless of the outcome there was a purpose behind the directive that will lead to The Lord getting the glory.

Simon Peter didn’t argue or question The Lord. Simon Peter didn’t impose his will upon The Lord. Simon Peter simply said “because YOU say so.”

Can we say those simple words and allow God’s will to be done?

PEARLStoPONDER: “Because You (God)said so!” Remember God’s will is not the same as our will.

Luke 5:4-5-- And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 

2 Corinthians 5:7--  for we walk by faith, not by sight.
 
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