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Trust beyond measure

June 13, 2020 0
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Luke 5: 4-11 (MSG)

4 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.”

5-7 Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.

8-10 Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon.

10-11 Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him.

About 20 years ago, there was an advert for the Royal Navy which asked, “who wants to be just a cog in the machine?” The answer was,“depends on the machine.” At sea, the advert asserted, “everything depends on everyone” and “the man at the bottom of the ladder is just as important as the man at the top”. Gender-limited language aside, there is much truth in these statements. At sea, every single person is important and trust is vital. To begin with, this trust can be built on little; however, a good leader, with a proven track record, can inspire such trust and loyalty that everything will be laid on the line for them.

Would you leave behind all your worldly belongings to follow someone?

What is important enough for you to set aside ego and plaudits?

Who do you trust with your life?

PRAYER:

Gosh,
it can be hard to trust you at the best of times, God,
you know, when things are going fairly well
and I think I know my place in your world;
but when things are tricky,
when the rug is pulled from under my feet?
That’s harder;
much harder.
In a world that has been turned upside down,
when our perceived future has been torn to shreds,
help us to trust in you.
At a time when we can see what everyone else is doing,
and our own offerings seem far too inadequate,
help us to trust in you.
Calling God,
give us not just ears to hear your voice
but the trust required to follow,
even, and especially, when we are most unsure,
AMEN.