Blessings don’t have to be difficult

Luke 5: 4-8 – When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “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.

Why is it that we can’t see something working if it’s just too easy. Like really Jesus it’s that simple? What we see here is a group of men who by their own effort couldn’t catch a fish to save their life, but then came Jesus. And we know once Jesus steps in a miracle is bound to happen. So by their own efforts they couldn’t catch a thing and Jesus tells them to simply throw the net on the other side of the boat. Of course they doubted Him because they had been fishing all night and caught nothing. What would the difference be now? The difference is that Jesus was involved now and He spoke a word, and when God speaks a word it must happen. So, finally they decide to be obedient and listen to Jesus and they catch so many fish that their net begins to rip. Not only did their nets begin to rip, they had to call for help because they had more than they could handle!

Wow! Do you see what obedience can get you? Just simply listening to Jesus gave them enough fish to possibly feed their whole town! We are just like these fishermen. God gives us simple instructions to live by but of course we rather go through life trying to fulfill our purpose with our own efforts and we find ourselves fishing all night with nothing to eat. Work, work, and more work with nothing to show for it. If we would simply listen and obey God not only would He allow us to fulfill our destiny, oh but He will open up the gates of heaven and pour blessings on us so abundantly that we wouldn’t have enough room to store them! We would have enough for us and everyone around us! God wants to do so much for us. He wants to open the doors and help us get through them. He wants to provide everything we need and more but we don’t let Him. We have become so proud that we want full credit on everything we accomplish in life and we find ourselves feeling unfulfilled and empty at the end of it. We find ourselves with an empty boat with not even one fish, not even one blessing to show for all our hard work. But when we let Jesus in the picture, the blessings are overwhelming!

I like in 2 Kings, when the prophet Elisha told a man named Naaman that was suffering from leprosy, to simply go to the Jordan river and wash his face 7 times and he would be healed. Naaman got angry! He was expecting Elisha to say some magic words and touch him so that he can be healed. An officer that was there told Naaman in 2 Kings 6:13-“Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’”. Finally Naaman gained some sense and listened to Elisha and he was instantly healed! Why do we need things to be difficult for us? Not every miracle or blessing has to be so difficult to obtain! Simply obeying God will get us so far. Yes, in life we are faced with struggles but obedience can eliminate those struggles. Not doubting the word that God speaks to us, even when we don’t know how it’s gonna work. Even if we tried a million times but God says try one more time, we have to have faith that God is gonna get the Glory this one last time! Who are we to question how God wants to work His miracle? Let God be God and you just be you. An obedient servant of Christ and I promise you that there is no situation God will not help you through. Don’t doubt the simplicity of obedience. Obedience is greater than sacrifice can ever be. And it saves us a lot of unwanted hardships. So lets stop trying to be in control or over looking the blessing that comes as easy as just listening to God and we will have more than we need and be freed from any ailment that might be holding us back.

LUKE 11:28-   He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.