One of my favorite phrases when my kids were younger (and their least favorite!) was, “Because I say so.” “Why do we have to make the bed when we’re just going to get back in it?” “Because I say so” “Why do we have to go to bed when it’s still light out?” “Because I say so.” “Why do I have to pick up my toys when I’m just going to get them back out tomorrow?” “Because I say so.” I have to admit, it probably wasn’t the best thing to say in some circumstances, but it always worked!
In the passage above from Luke 5, we see Simon doing the same thing. “Why do we have to put the nets back in when we haven’t caught anything all night?” Jesus didn’t actually say, “Because I say so,” but that’s probably what Simon heard. And why did he go ahead and put the nets back in the water? Because he had been with Jesus long enough and had seen the miracles He had performed. Because he knew that Jesus didn’t do anything without a purpose. Because He trusted Jesus. And because he knew that Jesus would not let him down.
The fishermen did as Jesus told them. And they caught so many fish that the nets began to break. They called to their friends in the other boat to come and help them. The friends came, and both boats were filled so full that they were almost sinking. Luke 5:6-7 (ICB)
Why do you pray for your mom or dad? Because Jesus says to. Why do you give them unconditional love? Because Jesus says to. Why do you show them forgiveness? Because Jesus says to. Why do you pray that Jesus will draw them to Himself and back to your family? Because Jesus asks you to.
You know that Jesus loves you and your family. You know that He can be trusted. You know that He is in control and can take even the bad things and turn them around for good. You know that He can perform miracles and can touch and change even the hardest of hearts. You know that He wants the best for you.
This trusting and believing and praying and walking isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. In fact, sometimes it’s downright tough. But sometimes you have to get through the tough stuff to get to the really good stuff. Look at those fishermen. They had been fishing all night and hadn’t caught a thing. But because Jesus asked them to put their nets out one more time, they caught so many fish it almost sank their boat. Yeah, the night was tough, but oh the blessing when they obeyed!
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. Luke 5:8-9 (NLT)
I love the NLT version of this verse because it uses the word “awestruck.” According to the World Explorer Children’s Dictionary, awestruck means: “overpowered by a feeling of wonder, fear, or admiration.” I think that perfectly captures what Jesus meant to those fishermen. And I pray that it captures what He means to you.
This Jesus who brought about the miraculous catch of fish is the very same Jesus who is listening to your prayers for your dad or your mom. And He is the very same Jesus who will leave you awestruck with what He can bring about for your family.
You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. Psalm 77:14
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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