A Training Course in Obedience

Luke 5:1-11

Decisions we consider insignificant may actually be important in God’s eyes. Obedience in the small details prepares the believer for obedience in all things. Today’s passage shows that Peter experienced a gentle first lesson in following the Lord.

Peter’s initial interaction with Christ seemed insignificant. We can assume Jesus asked Peter for the use of his boat, which meant that the weary fisherman put aside his cleanup duties in order to steer the craft for an itinerant preacher. It was a small decision, but the reward was noteworthy. Peter had a front-row seat for the message Jesus proclaimed to the crowd on the beach.

The future disciple was convinced of Christ’s authority because of what he heard. Therefore, he obeyed Jesus’ second request to let down the nets for a catch, even though doing so contradicted everything he knew about fishing. The results were miraculous–a catch so great that a second boat had to come and take part of the haul.

Jesus was gently easing Peter into a place of absolute obedience. The fisherman’s brief but compelling history of submitting to the Lord’s will and experiencing His blessing convinced him that giving up everything to follow Christ was the wisest choice. The rewards for that decision are both innumerable and immeasurable.

Peter’s experience of increasingly demanding calls to obedience and sacrifice isn’t unique. That’s how the Father teaches His children to follow His will. So don’t assume a decision is insignificant–God is setting you on a course to fulfill His good purpose for your life. Choose to obey Him always.

Dr. Charles Stanley

Our Merciful High Priest

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Beloved, it does not matter what you are going through. Jesus has walked in
your shoes and that is what makes Him a merciful High Priest. You do not have
to tell Him all your pain. He knows all about it because He has felt it
Himself. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet
without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Consider a precious, worried man who has fallen into great temptation. He has
sinned grievously against God and he feels his heart growing cold. He thinks,
“I can’t make it! I’m too inconsistent and Satan is throwing all of hell at me.
I’ve been overtaken by my temptation many times, yet I love Jesus. Oh, Lord, I
want to be free and clean!”

This man is worn out, discouraged, and the devil stands beside him, accusing:
“He fell into sin, God. He can’t withstand temptation. His garment is spotted,
filthy.”

But the Advocate steps in between this man and his accuser: “Father, I know
what this man is going through. The devil also drove Me into a wilderness and
tempted Me severely. I was tempted to blaspheme, to fall down and worship
Satan. I know what temptation is all about and I know this man’s heart. There
is a spark of faith still in him, an ember of love in his heart for Me.

“Father, look upon him as righteous through My blood. Deliver him from the
power of darkness and the wicked one. I want him to be accepted, forgiven,
restored, and given power from on high to resist the devil. I pray for his
deliverance.”

The next day, this man picks up his Bible and reads a powerful truth he has
never seen before. He falls to his knees, and God comes to him with deliverance
— because the High Priest has prayed.

Your Advocate knows your address. He has counted every hair on your head. He
knows your every thought, feels your every pain, hears your every cry. So,
beloved, take heart — because Jesus is praying for you!

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