Psalm of the Day: Psalm 49
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 28:1-14
Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11
We should observe what encouragement our Lord gives to unquestioning obedience. We are told, that after preaching He said to Simon, "launch out into the deep and let down the nets for a catch." He receives an answer which shows the mind of a good servant. "Master," says Simon, "we have toiled all the night and have caught nothing, nevertheless, at your word I will let down the net." And what was the reward of this ready compliance with the Lord's commands? At once, we are told, "When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break."
We need not doubt that a practical lesson for all Christians is contained under these simple circumstances. We are meant to learn the blessing of immediate unhesitating obedience to every plain command of Christ. The path of duty may sometimes be hard and disagreeable. The wisdom of the course we propose to follow, may not be apparent to the world. But none of these things must move us. We are not to have discussions with flesh and blood. We are to go straight forward when Jesus says, "Go!" We are to do a thing boldly, unflinchingly, and decidedly when Jesus says, "Do it!" We are to walk by faith, and not by sight, and believe that what we don't see now to be right and reasonable we shall see hereafter.
So acting, we shall never find in the long run that we are losers. So acting, we shall find, sooner or, later, that we reap a great reward.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me walk by faith and not by sight.
Action Plan: What am I holding back from God in disobedience? Do I ever argue with God over what I want instead of his will?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.