September 5 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)

Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

Journal: What is Jesus telling you to do these days that, on the surface of it, doesn’t seem to make much sense? Is there any way (or place) he is telling you to put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch? Will you?

Reflection: It just didn’t make any sense. I mean, they had fished all night long—professional fishermen, mind you—and had caught nothing. Nothing. Not a single thing! All of their effort and all of their toil and all of their skill had produced zero results. And now Jesus comes along and tells them to put out into deep water and let down their nets for a catch. Oh sure. Easy for him to say. He hadn’t just spent the entire night continuously tossing nets into a seemingly fishless sea. And who was he to tell them how to fish anyway? He was a carpenter for crying out loud!

But you have to love their response: “Because you say so, we will let down our nets.” It doesn’t make any sense. I’m tired, I’m worn out, I’m exhausted. I’ve been at this for a long, long time. I’m at the end of my rope. And I don’t understand how this could possibly do any good. I’d really just like to give up—call it a day. But because you say so, I will let down my nets.

Where in your life are you feeling that way? Where has living by your agenda, your own adequacies, and relying on your own skills left you empty? Are you ready now to listen to him? Are you ready now to do things his way—whatever that might mean? Are you ready to “let go and let God,” as the old saying goes? Ask God what that looks like in your life and world today. You might be surprised at the results.

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Heath and Angela Many are now serving at Tenwek Hospital, a Christian mission hospital in rural Kenya, as medical missionaries in their respective fields (surgery and obstetrics/gynecology). Pray today for Angela who has recently taken on the responsibility of being the visiting staff coordinator. Pray also for Heath who is planning another surgical trip to South Sudan for late July. Please pray that all of the logistics of travel, equipment, and medicines can fall into place in time for the trip.

Gospel Wave Media is a satellite and Internet ministry that produces, records and broadcasts Christian television programs to Central Asia. Pray today for Shohrat and his team as they share the truth of the gospel with Muslims.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to do your will, to follow your call, even when it doesn’t seem to make any sense. Amen.