Because He Says So…
“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.””
(Luke 5:5 NIV)
Sometimes at my breaking point, when I have answered the 100th (okay, maybe a bit exaggerated) “why” from my children, I will find myself uttering the famous four words that I thought I would never say as a parent… “Because I said so.” And yes, said with a tone of exhaustion and frustration to just end the debate and gain obedience from my children.
Can you relate? You just want the debating to end and for them to listen to you and obey…right?
In Luke, we see a beautiful picture of both love and submission by Simon. Jesus had asked him to do something that Simon could have doubted and asked, “Why?” But he didn’t. As the story is told, Simon was asked by Jesus to lower his nets after Simon’s many attempts to catch fish earlier came up empty. And when Jesus gave Simon such a command, to let down his nets, Simon didn’t respond with any excuse or questioning of Jesus’ direction. No, Simon responded with a simple and confident statement of ,”But because you say so…”
How many times have I been just like my children to my Abba Father and asked, “ Why?” Or maybe question wasn’t as direct but more of a questioning Him with a muttering under my breath of Um God, are you sure ? How about you? Do you find yourself more doubting what you heard our Abba Father say based on what you can see? Or is your faith more like Simon’s and you find yourself with that quiet confidence and thus you can utter the simple statement of, “If you say so, Abba.”
Reflection and Mediation…
Take some time and turn Luke 5:5 into a personal prayer and claiming it as truth.
Dear Abba Father,
Because you say so…
I will not fear, for You are the One that helps me (Isaiah 41:13)
I will trust in Him at all times… (Psalm 62:8)
I will let my eyes look forward and will fix my gaze straight ahead (Prov 4:25)
I will hold on to His instruction and will not let go (Prov 4:15)
I will be still before Him and wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7)
Author Carrie Park