Not What We Would Have Done

One of the things about Jesus is that He doesn’t always do what we expect.

He doesn’t always play by our rules.

He doesn’t always ask us to things that make sense to us.

Sometimes He wants us to do things that just not what we would have done.

We see that happen in Luke’s Gospel today:

3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ 5Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.

These guys were fishermen. They did this for a living.  They knew what they were doing. They had problem had many nights like this before when they didn’t have a catch. They knew what they should do.

And Jesus comes with a different solution.  He tells them to do something that was not what they would have done.  And they did it.

And they caught more fish than they could have ever imagined.

Sometimes, Jesus calls us to do something that do not want to do.

Take a step out on faith.

Forgive someone.

Say a kind word.

Share our faith.

Something that was not what we would have done, if we were doing what we would have done.

But, when He asks to do these things, remember.  They are for His glory.  And for our good.

He knows what He is doing.  He knows what He is doing.

Let me say that again, He knows what He is doing.

Trust. Even when what He asks doesn’t make sense. Trust.

It’s for our good. And His glory. Trust.

Even when it was not what we would have done.

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