Thy will be done#4. “At thy command.”

Thy will be done#4. “At thy command.”

Jesus needed a pulpit. The crowd was pressing around him on the shore of Lake Galilee, so he asked Peter, Andrew, James and John if he could sit in their boat. Though these fishermen had been packing up after an unsuccessful night of fishing, they obliged him.

When Jesus’ sermon was complete, he directed his attention to apostle making; He further requested that they launch out into the deep to go fishing. Peter replied, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets” (Lk.5:5).

Peter knew who Jesus was, John the Baptist had made sure of that. So, naturally, his faith in Jesus showed forth in his obedience. Yes, he did express the probable local fishing forecast (given their experience), but he “acted upon Jesus’ word.”

The result was literally miraculous. The boats were nearly swamped due to the large catch of fish. Peter, seeing the miracle, was instantly overwhelmed by its implications. He instinctively fell at Jesus’ feet and begged, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” (Lk.5:8). His spirit couldn’t help but convict him of its uncleanness; he was worshipping in the very presence of God in the flesh.

Jesus, his object lesson having achieved its objective, assured them of much greater catches to come. He told them: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt.4:19).

It is for good reason that Jesus demands that we all act at his command. If not, we never launch out into the deep. Instead, we either pack up and go home or worse still, drift aimlessly on a sea of doubt.

When Jesus’ commands challenge our life experiences, our doubts are best overcome by echoing Peter’s words: “But at your word I will…!”

Henceforth, we can expect that God will fill our life and work with every needful blessing—to overflowing!

The soul that longs that, “Thy will be done,” is the soul ever ready to act, “At thy command.”

John Staiger

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