Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lord of the Catch and the Boat (Luke 5:7)

so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7 NASB)

How about that?  Simon did what Jesus said, Jesus blessed him back (because you can't out give God), and it was such a huge catch that both his boat and his partners' boat were totally filled with fish. The boats were SO full that they began to sink. 

Selah. Pause and ponder here. 

I can imagine what Simon and his buddies thought. "What??? Jesus, you need to get your superpower under better control here! We are all going to sink and drown, and the boats with us!  You have destroyed us!"  Don't you know they must have been scared half out of their minds? They had an enormous catch, with seemingly no way to get it back to shore! It had stopped looking like a blessing. 

What they didn't understand was that the Master of the catch was also Master of the boat. Jesus was right there, and He could handle an overloaded boat. He could handle two overloaded boats, especially when they were overloaded with heaven-sent blessings. All Simon could do was watch in utter amazement. 

I've had a few of those blessings. You probably have, too. At first, you are stunned and amazed with what God is doing, but before long you are saying, "Whoa! This is killing me!" My usual response has been to bail out. I wonder, though, how it would have turned out if I had stayed in the boat the way Simon did. Of course, I will never know, but next time, I'm stepping back, doing what Simon Peter must have done, and letting Jesus "get the boat to shore".  

During one of the busiest seasons of the year, you may also be feeling a little overloaded with the blessings God has entrusted to you. It's important to remember that, even when it is too much for you, it's not too much for God. The only sensible solution is to step back and allow the Author of the blessings to be the Manager of the blessings, as well. 

Today, pray that our loved ones, also highly blessed, will recognize our Lord as the source of all their blessings and will allow Him first place in their lives.