My aunt was talking about the goodness of God over the phone with me Friday. During our conversation, the phrase for the blog came to me. We started praising and thanking God. Most of us believers know that where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is in the midst (Matthew 18:20) God has everything in place for us. However, we must do something in the natural that requires faith and sacrifice for it to be released from Heaven.
Early Friday morning, God gave me Luke 5 to meditate on. I gathered a lot of points out of it.
First thing I observed out of verse 1 was that people were gathered to hear the word of God. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing the word of God. It is not a one-time thing. It should be a daily lifestyle to listen to the word of God in order to have faith to act.
Second thing I noticed was that Jesus got into the boat of Simon’s and told him to launch out into the deep in verses 2-4 of Luke 5. God knows that when we are in a certain state, we must do something more to exercise our faith.
Third thing I noticed was that Simon worked hard to try to get what he needed. Verse 5 of Luke 5 Simon said: Master we have toiled all night and have not caught nothing, but at your word I will let down my net.
There have been many times in my life where I tried on my own to supply my needs by working many hours, putting money to the side and still not having enough. As soon as you save for something, other expenses will come up and then you are right back where you started. Toiling is what we are doing when we try to do it on our own. Every situation we handle without the help of God (whether it is marriage, business, handling money, or any relationship) is toiling. Webster’s meaning of toil: to work hard and long; overwork.
Matthew 11:28-30 Easy Read Version: 28 “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. 29 Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. 30 Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”
The final thing I got from the scriptures was that Simon did what God told him to do and caught such a large number of fish that he had to signal for his partners for help. God multiplies whatever we give over to Him. He can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that works within us. (Ephesians 3:20)
Your victory is already set. Let down your net!
Prayer: We praise you Heavenly Father for being the all-knowing and loving God. God, we give our situations over to you. We toiled in certain areas of our lives and have gotten nowhere but through hearing your word daily we obtain our faith and at your word we act. We ask your forgiveness for trying to make things happen ourselves and not trusting in your word. Romans 8:8 says they that are in the flesh cannot please you and God we want to please you. God, as we give our situations over to you and learn your ways, we thank you for doing more than we can even ask or think. We give you honor and praise in Jesus’ name! Amen.