Lord, you take over

The Covington News - - LOCAL - Dr. Wil­liam Burn­ham is pas­tor of Point of Grace Church in Covington. He can be reached at burn­hamw@char­ter.net.

Isn’t it true that we spend most of our time op­er­at­ing in our own strength and power? When was the last time you said, “Lord, You take over…” and wasn’t it af­ter you had given it your best and your best wasn’t good enough to get it done. We of­ten fall into the trap of think­ing “This is what I do, and I will do it…Spir­i­tual and im­pos­si­ble things are what God does and when I need help with those things I’ll turn to Him.” But just as it was for Peter, it is for us; God wasn’t out to prove to Peter He was a master fish­er­man, He was out to prove He was master even over the fish. So when Peter and the other ex­pert, pro­fes­sional, ex­pe­ri­enced fish­er­man toiled all night and came up empty and Je­sus showed up and asked them to launch out again (this time with Him on the boat), they were re­luc­tant but re­spect­ful. But it wasn’t un­til Je­sus fin­ished preach­ing (the spir­i­tual stuff) and got in­volved in “their stuff” that their eyes were opened: “When they had done so, they caught such a large num­ber of fish that their nets be­gan to break. So they sig­naled their part­ners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they be­gan to sink.” (Luke 5:6-8) But wait: af­ter their big­gest catch ever look what hap­pened: “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left ev­ery­thing and fol­lowed him.” Luke 5:11 Our se­cu­rity is not in what we know, but rather in whom we know – Peter and the oth­ers re­al­ized that day Je­sus wasn’t a master fish­er­man, He was master of all. How about you? What is it go­ing to take for you to leave it all in His hands and fol­low Him?

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