Jesus Said So – Trusting When it Doesn’t Make Sense To
Learn how to make sense of nonsensical situations by taking Peter’s lead when he obediently trusted Jesus despite it defying human logic …
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:1-11)
Jesus knew the physics of sound traveling over the water, so He used Peter’s boat to teach the large crowd that day. We know that Peter was about done working for the day. He was washing his nets and probably thinking about going home to get some much needed rest. After Jesus had finished teaching, He asked Peter to go to deeper water and get his nets dirty. REALLY? I think that the equivalent for us would be: You’ve just finished cooking, eating, and cleaning up your dinner. You have washed the pots and pans and have loaded the dishwasher. Then Jesus says to you, “Make me supper.” How would you react?
Look at Peter’s answer in v.5. First of all, Peter calls Jesus, “Master.” He knew that Jesus was an important person; One Who taught with authority. (By the way, have you acknowledged Jesus as “Master” of your life today?) Then he was honest. They had worked all night and had struck out. NO FISH. There isn’t anything much worse than working for hours with no tangible result! My guess that is Peter only made money when he had fish to sell!
I absolutely LOVE the next part: “but, because YOU say so, I will let down the nets.” Have you used that line with your kids, “Do it because I said so!” Well, Peter was acting with childlike obedience in this situation. HE let down the nets and the result was incredible: so many fish that two boats began to sink! Peter then saw Who Jesus really was and starting following Jesus as a full-time disciple. (walking away from a fortune, by the way!)
Is Jesus asking you to do something that doesn’t make sense? This definitely didn’t make sense to Peter: a good fisherman didn’t fish in the middle of the day, in deep water.
What is your nonsensical situation? Do you have to trust Him with a health scare? Do you have to trust Him in a marriage that isn’t what you dreamt of? Do you have to trust Him in a job that is stressful and demanding? Do you have to trust Him with finances that don’t add up?
No matter what situation you might be in, Jesus wants you to respond with trusting obedience. Keep praying. Keep reading His Word. Keep coming to worship. Keep serving. He will prove Himself faithful! He has a good plan for your life!
Karen Lippert is the Director of Women’s Ministry at Divine Redeemer in Hartland, WI.