When Seeing Requires Believing


Scripture Reading – Luke 5:1-11
S.O.A.P. Reading – Luke 5:3-11

Scripture:
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 fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Observation:
What Jesus was asking of Simon was unconventional and didn’t make sense. After fishing all night and doing so poorly they were ready to cut their losses and try again the next night. They had to act on Jesus words in order to see them fulfilled. They had to believe before they could see the miracle. What would have happened if they never believed and acted? 

Nothing!

Application:
How many times have we missed out on a miracle or seeing God do something awesome in and through us because we have failed to believe? We often hear the phrase “seeing is believing”. If we see that something exists and is real then we will believe. But what if seeing with our eyes requires us believing in the unconventional? I believe that God has big plans for us all and all that is holding them up is believing. In order to see his promises we must first believe that they are possible. Maybe a healing, a calling, a ministry, a miracle  and answer to prayer… is waiting on all of us if we just believe that all things are possible through God. He gives us strength and visions just as much today as he did then but our belief in those things has faltered. Renew your faith in him and he will allow you to see great things in your life and in the life of those around you. 

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for being as close to us today as when you walked the earth in human form. Thank you for continuing to be living and active in the lives of your people. Thank you for giving us hope and the promise of your return. Help us to put our faith in you and believe so that we may see your works here on earth. Amen

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