I have a confession to make: I don’t trust God.
I say I do, but my actions prove otherwise. I often question God when things happen that don’t fit my definition of justice. I sometimes doubt that God has my best interests in mind. In those moments, however, God asks me to trust Him, simply because He tells me to.
Jesus asked Peter to trust Him, too. In Luke 5: 4-5, Jesus’ words helped meet Peter’s need for fish: ‘“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.”
Five words increased Peter’s faith. No matter how hard he tried, Peter could not seem to catch any fish. God asked Peter to believe simply because He told him to. Jesus blessed Peter abundantly because of his obedience.
God speaks in a myriad of ways to us. He speaks through His word; through his people; through a whisper to our hearts. It’s whether or not I’m willing to obey those words tests my loyalty as a follower of Jesus.
God calls us to step out in faith, simply because He says so. Are you willing to take the challenge?