Devotion: Monday, February 11, 2019

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s reading is from Luke chapter 5 where the Bible says,

4 When he (Jesus) had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”5 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.”6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break…..8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”…10 Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Nothing Matters more than Jesus!

Hudson Taylor, the founder of China Inland Mission, used to hang in his home a plaque with two Hebrew words (transliterated into English letters) on it: EBENEZER & JEHOVAH JIREH. The first word means, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us,” and the second, “The Lord will see to it or provide.”[1]

These beautiful words from the Old Testament gave Taylor a wonderful perspective on life, just as it did for the believers back in Old Testament times. They could look back on their lives and see the God who fulfilled His  promises to Adam and Eve, to Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David. They could also rest assured that the One who abundantly cared for His people in the past, would do so for them in the future. That’s powerful stuff!

What those Old Testament believers had, we have in an even fuller measure today. The promises that they held dear, as well as the history of God’s faithfulness to those promises, have come to fruition in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Even when Jesus was just a baby, we hear Simeon’s declaration, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace according to your word; for mine eyes have seen your salvation” (Luke 2:29-30). Yes, that’s the baby Jesus he’s talking about.

In our lesson today, Simon Peter gets a glimpse of God’s promise being fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus right before his eyes. He encounters Jesus, who tells him to do something that his many years of wisdom and experience would doubt. But he does it just because Jesus is who He is. Peter does it, and Jesus not only brings success, but abundance beyond any of Peter’s expectations. It reduces Peter to fear until Jesus tells him that He has plans for Peter to love others as he himself is loved, to become a fisher of men for Jesus’ Name’s sake.

Whatever you are facing today, this lesson reminds us that nothing matters more than Jesus because he cares for you beyond your wildest expectations. Things may not work out as neatly as they did for Peter on that day, but the Lord who would go to the cross for people like Peter, did so for you too. With “cross and resurrection” confidence, you can be assured of Christ’s loving care for you. If nothing matters more than Jesus, isn’t it amazing that you matter that much to Him? Peter would remind us that this reality is more amazing than ever and than everything else!

So, today, look back on this event in the life of Peter and see the Lord fulfilling His promises, just like He always does. Then also look forward to His continued care for you and for those whom you love.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, ours is a fearful world and there are days that we feel exhausted and at the end of our strength, like Peter in the lesson today. Give us boldness to trust in Your word, especially on those occasions. Then bless us so that we might indeed be a blessing to others in Your Name. AMEN.