Simon Peter and his buddies caught so many fish they had to ask the fishermen from the neighboring ship to come over and help them. To top it all off, both ships combined still could not hold all the fish. See, God knew what He was doing all along. And, God had a much bigger plan than to give these fishermen a whole bunch of fish to catch. God’s abundance convicted Simon Peter of His sovereignty, and Simon Peter’s sin. The end result of all this is that Jesus told Simon Peter He would teach him how to catch men! Wow, pretty amazing considering it all started with God not making sense to Simon Peter’s human understanding.
Have you ever wondered what God wants you to do with your life? Or, have you more importantly wondered what He wants to do with His life through you? If you do not know, you may be standing in His way. If you are not following the instructions He has already given you, you may be holding up the answer you are seeking. See, Simon Peter did not know he would discover God’s calling for him through a simple instruction to go catch a bunch of fish he couldn’t even imagine were there for the catching. But God had caught his attention, and his obedience opened the door to what God had in store all along.
God doesn’t have to make sense when He gives us instructions, and we don’t have to understand in order to obey His directions. The only two things we have to do are to make the decision to obey – and to follow the decision with action. The trouble is too often we get caught up in wanting to understand God’s instructions before we make the decision to follow them.
When the fishermen returned from their fishing trip, they gave up their ordinary lives and chose to follow Jesus.
Are you willing to follow Jesus even when He doesn’t make sense? Will you forsake all for Him, even your understanding? I do not think we can even begin to imagine the awesome plans God has for our lives if we would simply surrender, make the decision to obey – and obey.
Our obedience does not need to be contingent on our understanding; it should come as a result of our love for Him.