Starting out the new year (2012), I didn’t seem to have a word or a vision of what the Lord was doing in my life. In fact, I felt a little disconnected and discouraged. Yet, the Lord has been so mindful of me and loved me and spoken to me through his faithful people.
I went on vacation to KS and God used some mighty people of God to pray for me, encourage me, speak to me.
I read Luke 5:1-11. What a word! I was amazed at the depth of it and how the Lord encouraged me through portion of scripture. Just like in Luke, Jesus knows where I am, how to reach me, how to speak to me, and what to say.
“1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 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.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 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.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 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.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 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.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
Here Jesus was preaching and he saw two boats. Those weren’t the only two boats but God had a purpose in choosing that particular site and those very special boats. Here, these men had worked hard all night with nothing seemingly to show for it and they were even cleaning up their equipment. Yet, Jesus told Peter to go ahead to put their nets out again. I think Peter did out of deference but I wonder if he had any great faith that anything would happen. As we read, they caught an overabundance of fish. Peter realized that God was worked a mighty miracle.
That was a short synopsis of the scripture but I felt little like Peter. I was tired, worn, a little hopeless feeling, maybe God has passed me by–getting older thinking maybe God didn’t want to use me for the ministry–maybe I didn’t have a ministry. Yet, through the mighty working of the Holy Spirit, faithful people praying and ministering, the living and life-changing Word of God, I have new hope, a vision for 2012 and beyond, renewal in body, mind, and spirit.
Resurrection, Restoration, Renewal!!!
Job 42:12 “The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.”
Just like Peter, I have fallen on my knees and am overwhelmed with the Goodness of the Lord. I have repented and followed the word of the Lord but really not truly believing that He was working on my behalf.
Whoever, reads this post, I pray that you have that miracle of hope, that you are valuable to the Lord, repent of any unbelief and say yes Lord!
Verse 5:11 says they ” left everything and followed him.” That just means you put God first in your life. See Matthew 22:37!
Beloved, “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).”