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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Simon Peter was awestruck at this miracle, and his first response was to feel his own insignificance in comparison to this man’s greatness. Peter knew that Jesus had healed the sick and driven out demons, but he was amazed that Jesus cared about his day-to-day routine and understood his needs. God is interested not only in saving us but also in helping us in our daily activities. (NLT)
Luke 5:1-11 – One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets, and you will catch many fish.”
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, we’ll try again.” And this time their nets were so full they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the size of their catch, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I’ll drop the nets.” –Luke 5:5 (CEB)
David Hosey (North Carolina) titled his story “THAT’S FISHING!” Here is a portion of David’s story:
“. . . Fishing requires persistence, a focus on good practices, and a willingness to accept any result.
“Our spiritual practices of prayer, worship, holy conversation, and working for justice, to name just a few, can often seem like that fishing trip. Even when we “do everything right,” it sometimes feels as if we come up empty. Like learning to fish, learning how to be a disciple requires persistence, good practice, and a sense of peace –whatever the outcome. We keep trying, with the faith that even when ‘we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing,’ Jesus is present with us, giving us a sense of purpose in his service.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter what, I can have faith that Jesus can work in and through me.
Prayer: Dear God, give us the patience to persist in discipleship even when we feel like we’re coming up empty. Help us to be faithful, even as you are faithful. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE FEELING SPIRITUALLY EMPTY
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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