One Reason for Trouble – Our Attitude
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth and He adds no trouble to it. – Proverbs 10:22 (NIV)
This is one of the promises that the LORD has given to us. When the LORD blesses us, it makes us prosperous and wealthy. And the LORD does not bring any trouble, or sorrow or grief along with that wealth. But, there are so many times, we have waited for the LORD’s blessings, and wealth comes with His blessings… and yet, there are times His blessings has brought us grief, loss or trouble. Why? Does the LORD change? No, He does not. Then what happened? Let us look at someone who was blessed by the LORD, who became prosperous but at the very moment, had to face trouble because of the blessings.
And having done this, they caught a great number of fish, but their net began breaking. – Luke 5:6 (ALT)
Now, what happened here? All night, Peter and his band of fishermen were toiling hard and could not catch even one single fish. In the morning, they were tired and disheartened and as they come to the shore, hoping to get some rest, but there was Jesus Christ, who needed the boat of Simon Peter to preach. Imagine how would you feel… after a long exhausting disappointing night, all you want is some rest, but there the LORD is speaking and you have no choice but to listen… that could be really testing. I am sure we all have had experiences in that.
Think about how Peter would be feeling when after all these, Jesus says to cast nets to catch fish. It was daytime and not the right time to catch fish. For all the preaching, Jesus Christ was just a carpenter, not a seasoned fisherman like Peter, who knew that you could catch fish easily only in the nights.
How many times have we felt the same? There are certain areas in our life where we know better than anyone. We have enough experience in those areas. And when someone suggests that we do otherwise, we have a problem. Especially someone who has no experience in that particular area.
While Peter had every reason to be offended by the suggestion of our LORD, he did obey and almost all the time, it is considered to be something of a virtue that he listened to the Word of the LORD against all odds. But, if you ask me, IMHO, I consider it to be rather condescending towards the LORD. Why? Let us read those verses again carefully. Let us see what the LORD told Peter.
HE (Jesus) said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”. – Luke 5:4 (ALT)
Note that the LORD was telling Peter to let down the NETS for a catch. Note that the LORD was using a plural here… the LORD knows that there is a lot to catch. So He commands to let down the NETS. But what does Peter do?
Simon said to Him, “Master, having labored through the whole night we caught nothing, but at Your Word, I will let down the net.” – Luke 5:5 (ALT)
Note that Peter says that he will let down the NET – singular. Most of the English translations have ‘nets’ – but that is not right. The original manuscripts and most of the literal translations have ‘net’.
The LORD is saying, “Let down your nets for a catch” and Peter is telling, in effect, “Master, we are experienced fishermen. We toiled all night, the best time to catch fish, but still we could not manage to catch anything. Though You may be a great Preacher, I don’t think You have as much experience. So, letting down all the nets will be a waste of time and effort. If I let down all the nets, You will be embarrassed in front of everyone when the nets come back empty. So, I will just let one net down to save Your face.”
We all do that all the time to our LORD. When the LORD is ready to bless us abundantly, we restrict Him because we think we know our circumstances better than the LORD. We don’t want to do the things that the LORD has asked, not because we don’t believe in the LORD, it is just that we don’t want to embarrass the LORD before the eyes of others.
Now, when Peter let down the net, he was in for a surprise. The blessings of the LORD brought him riches, but because of his attitude, it also brought him grief. Not only the net was getting damaged, when others came to help, even those boats started to sink.
Today, when we look at our situations, it may sound hopeless. When the LORD speaks to us, it will be difficult to put all our trust in Him. But, at least, let us not be condescending in our attitude towards Him. Because, soon, very soon, the blessings of the LORD is going to make us rich and He will not add any sorrow unto it. Just make sure that you don’t add any trouble by your attitude.
|Ecclesiastes 11:5“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.”
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Posted on May 15, 2013, in Christian Life, Daily Manna, Strong Tower and tagged blessings of the LORD, boat, fish, Jesus Christ, no sorrow, Peter, Proverbs 10:22. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.