Simon Peter could have had two reactions to the Lord’s instructions to launch their nets into the deep. Either continue to stay on the shore or do as the Lord had instructed. At the time, Simon Peter could have rationalised that even in their professional experience, that it would have been better to fish at night. Yet their toil all night brought no results. They had also washed all their nets and were physically tired. He could have been offended by the suggestion to do it differently after toiling all night and rejected the Lord’s instructions in order to stay on the shore to rest. However, he chose not to react in his flesh but instead followed the instructions given by the Lord, which brought him and his friends a great catch of fish, over and beyond their expectations.
Simon Peter had acknowledged Jesus as Master and obeyed his instructions to launch his nets into the deep, even when he thought it was not logical to do it that way. Nevertheless, he acted on what he heard from the Lord. This led to their incredibly huge catch which caused both boats to sink under the weight of fish. Simon Peter knew immediately that it was supernatural and that Jesus had divine powers. He was so moved that he repented of his sinfulness.
When we face difficult or even hopeless circumstances, our ‘wilderness’ so to speak, especially while walking in His will and we don’t know how to proceed, the Lord is able to help us out of our situation. He speaks to us when we pray the prayer of consecration, then we have to act upon what He says to us because that will be the way out of the ‘wilderness’ for us. It does take faith to follow His instructions, more so when it may not make any sense to us. However, if we perceive that we have heard from the Lord, there must be a corresponding action of faith. We will not witness the work of God in our lives unless we step out in faith to believe. For He is our Master and the best coach, guide, helper and strategist that we can ever have in our lives. God can teach and guide us through every twist and turn in difficult and unpredictable situations that we go through, we just have to do what He says when He speaks.
Sermon Series: A Firm Footing
当我们面对困难甚至绝望的情况时，或者说我们在“旷野”中，特别是当我们在 神的旨意中行走但不知道如何前进时，神能够帮助我们脱离困境。当我们做分别为圣的祷告时，祂会对我们说话，我们要按 祂对我们说的去做，因为那将是我们走出“旷野”的道路。我们确实需要信心来顺服 神的旨意，尤其是当它听上去对我们没有任何意义的时候。然而，如果我们知道我们已经从 神那里听见了，就必须有与信心相应的行动。除非我们凭信心跨出一步，否则我们将无法见证 神在我们生命中的工作。因为 祂是我们的主，是我们一生中最好的教练、向导、帮助者和策士。 神可以教导我们，引导我们在困难和不可预知的情况下，度过每一个危机中的曲折，我们只要照着 祂说的去做。