When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4
Jesus had been speaking to a very large crowd. He had chosen to get into a boat of some fisherman working on their nets, to continue speaking. When He was finished He told them to go out and try to catch some fish again. He gave them specific directions on what to do.
Simon told Jesus that they had fished all night with no success, but would do what He said to do. They caught more fish than they could handle.
People who work in a specific field do not like to be told what to do by someone who does not specialize in that field. They feel as they are the experts and no one else can help them.
This can even happen when the boss is telling them to do something different. Pride gets in the way of a lot of people following someone else’s advice. They are not willing to change their ways.
Believers in the church can also fall into this type of thinking. They can feel that they are the best at what they do and no one else can tell them anything different.
Hearing from other people and refusing to do what they say may be bad enough, but that same type of thinking also pours into a walk with God. God may tell a person how to do something in a different way, and the person refuses because he ‘knows’ what is best.
Although Jesus may not be working as a fisherman, He is the one who created the fish and the ability to catch them. As in this case with Simon, Jesus did a miracle. He made it possible for Simon to catch more fish than they could handle with doing something that was unheard of.
God may be asking you to do something different or to do something again. You may feel as though you are the expert and that it will not work, but God is the One who has true control of the situation.
Step out and do what He asks of you to do, despite how crazy it might seem to be. God can open the doors for you to catch more than you can handle, when you do it His way and in His time.
I pray today that you will hear God’s directions for your life; that you will obey what He asks of you; that you will see His results of obedience; and that many will know Jesus because of your actions.