Today I want us to look at a scripture I’ve read many many times that spoke a little more to me this time when I read it. Also, just to clarify, most of the time when I post scripture it will be from the message Bible, unless stated otherwise. I’ve heard many arguments about NOT using that version of the Bible, and we won’t get into that today. Just know that my opinion on the most holy version of the Bible, is the one you will ACTUALLY READ!
So, let’s get started!
4 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.”
5-7 Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come
help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.
Have you ever felt like you were doing what you were supposed to be doing, but not getting the results you hoped for? Not getting the results that maybe you felt God had promised you?
I’ve been there before and that’s exactly where Simon is in this story! It says
he had been out fishing HARD all night, and hadn’t even caught a MINNOW!!
That’s how it is too isn’t it?! Sometimes were expecting a Jaws size blessing and we don’t even get a minnow!!! So many times in our lives we hear God tell us to do something and at first we are
quick to respond, but then when we don’t see the results WE hoped for
as SOON as we had hoped it would come…. And we stop doing what it
is we were supposed to be doing!!!
It may even be as simple as serving at church, Going to work everyday,
Tithing, Hanging out with your kids, Not screaming and cussing out the
guy who just cut you off!! It may be something that seems totally trivial to you at the time, but you really don’t know what God is going to do in those areas of your life if you JUST STAY FAITHFUL!!
You may feel like you’ve been out working HARD all night and haven’t even caught a minnow!!!
But the key to this whole verse is what Simon says next!!
Yes, I’ve been out working hard all night, and haven’t even caught a minnow, BUT IF YOU SAY SO, I’ll let out the nets…. BUT IF YOU SAY SO Jesus, Ill try again!! And it was no sooner said than done and he caught a HUGE haul of fish!!! So big it was breaking the nets and they
had to call over another boat!!!!
You may feel like, I work hard everyday, I’m doing every day what God has asked me to do and I see no reward! I see no change!!!! But I want to challenge you right now, even in those moments, when you feel beaten down, when you feel behind, when you feel at a loss, just say, BUT IF YOU SAY SO…. I will keep trying IF YOU SAY SO…. Ill keep pushing If YOU SAY SO….
You never know when God is going to turn your persistence into a miracle. You never know when God is going to use your faithfulness to bring in the BIG catch. You never know what all God is lining up for you while you’re not seeing any changes. I want to encourage you to keep going. Stay strong. Stay persistent.
IF YOU SAY SO…
I lost my job a few years ago and I was collecting unemployment. It was only about $300 a week and that was not even close to enough for what I needed to pay my bills. But it was at that time I was really pressing in on God and He told me to start tithing. I argued at first
trying to explain to God that I really couldn’t afford to do that right now, and he let me know I really couldn’t afford not too. He told me that if I tithe all my needs will be met….
I was very hesitant but I started tithing. Every week I gave $30 and every week
I said God, if you say so… God you know my needs…. If you say so…
I did this all month. The 31st of that month was on a Sunday. I gave my
tithe that morning and that evening I told God, tomorrow is the 1st and I’m about $2000 short of all I need to pay my bills tomorrow. I needed rent money, phone bills, Internet bills… you name it…
I remember praying that night, God I did what you said, and You said you would take care of me. I gave it to him and I went to bed. The next morning I woke up, still $2000 short and I just praised God and thanked him for the day and let Him know that I trusted him with my situation.
It literally wasn’t 10mins after that prayer that my mom called and said she and her Husband had gone to the casino last night and she had won $50,000 and she wanted to give me a couple thousand dollars…
In an instant I went from not having caught a minnow all month to having more than my nets could hold!! All month it looked hopeless, BUT IF YOU SAY SO!!! I kept my promise to God and he answered! God was there waiting for me on the other side of my faithfulness and he is there for you too!!
It might haven taken a little longer than I
wanted, or even a little longer than I hoped. I may have had to sweat it out a bit, But God came through with the promise he made me in His perfect time!
I have tithed every week since that first day, and since that day my bills have always been taken care of. I’m not rich; I don’t have tons of money to blow extra every month. But I’m taken care of.
So just remember, when it seems like you’re working hard, day and night, and not even catching a minnow, Stay faithful to what you’re doing. Keep saying, IF YOU SAY SO… Cause you never know when God is going to turn that situation into the biggest catch of your life!
God is good!!