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THE BLESSING OF OBEDIENCE AND FAITH

I have been reading through the Gospel of Luke again, and the more I read, the more I am in awe of Christ Jesus. I marvel at his courage to lead and teach the many people that followed him. He was confident in his teaching, even in the face of opposition from the Pharisees. He had a humble, friendly personality about him that attracted all sorts of people from various walks of life.
 
Just before Jesus called Peter and Andrew to be his disciples, he had used their boat as a platform to preach to hundreds of people who had gathered to hear him. When he had finished preaching, perhaps as a way of thanking them, he instructed Peter and the others to “put out into the deep and let down [their] nets for a catch”. Bear in mind that Peter was the expert fisherman who had toiled all night and had caught nothing, and Jesus prior to his ministry was a carpenter. For a lot of people, they would have heard Jesus’ words and may have given many excuses or felt offended that a carpenter or a rabbi (since they wouldn’t have known he was the Christ yet) who knows nothing of fishing would try to tell them what to do.
 
But the Bible says that, “And Simon [Peter] answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking” Luke 5:5-6.
 
As believers, we should not only rely on our past experiences or our logical understanding of things. While these are essential in how we live our daily lives with wisdom, it is also crucial that we are spiritually inclined to obey God’s word and take steps of faith towards what he has called us to do. Peter and Andrew would never have known that Jesus could provide in such a miraculous way if they had rejected his word and acted on their experience and knowledge of fishing. But through their obedience and act of faith, they made the catch of their lives.
 
To experience the extraordinary is to be humble enough to obey and daring enough to act in faith. It may not make sense, and like Peter, you may have questions, but as you act on the word of God as led by the Spirit, you would experience the supernatural.
 
Be encouraged
 
Chris Eke

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