1NOW [in Haran] the Lord saidto Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. 2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].
3And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and[a]curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].
4So Abram departed, as the Lord had directed him; and Lot [his nephew] went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
1NOW IT occurred that while the people pressed upon Jesus to hear the message of God, He was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee).
2And He saw two boats drawn up by the lake, but the fishermen had gone down from them and were washing their nets.
3And getting into one of the boats, [the one] that belonged to Simon (Peter), He requested him to draw away a little from the shore. Then He sat down and continued to teach the crowd [of people] from the boat.
4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon (Peter), Put out into the deep [water], and lower your nets for a haul.
6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish; and as their nets were [[c]at the point of] breaking,
7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and take hold with them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9For he was gripped with bewildering amazement [allied to terror], and all who were with him, at the haul of fish which they had made;
10And so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon (Peter). And Jesus said to Simon, Have no fear; from now on you will be catching men!
11And after they had run their boats on shore, they left everything and [d] joined Him as His disciples and sided with His party and accompanied Him.
In both of these instances, God spoke what to do and Abram (at the time) and Simon (Peter) had a choice to heed the voice of the Lord even if it did not make sense in the natural. After both men said yes to the Lord amazing provision, favor, increase and opportunity came because when the Lord SPEAKS to us to do something, He does know what He is talking about and does know what is ahead! Here is the deal, God is always speaking, but is our ear attentive to hear what He is saying. If they were not willing to listen, then the promise land for Abram would have never been walked into and in Peter’s case the 2 boats boats full of fish and an opportunity to walk with the son of God on earth would have been missed! I do not know about you, but I always want to keep my ear attentive to the voice of God! Also, both of these men never turned back, were they perfect? Absolutely not, but our imperfections allow God to show his faithfulness through our lives!
Every day we have a choice to not just hear the voice of God, but listen to and act on what He is saying. It is easy to get caught up in past failures, hurts, insecurity and fear, but when we allow the faith of God to arise up within is to take the next step into the promise land, all those feelings fade away because our life is to be lived by faith and not by site! Lets make a decision that when we take the next step the Lord asks us to do, we do not look back or turn back because it looks scary. The steps of the righteous are ordered of the Lord, so because are steps are ordered, we have no reason to fear!
Father I make a choice to never look back or turn back on what you have for me. I make up my mind and heart today, I am giving my all, my life for you, because you gave your all for me. Your love makes it worth it, makes it worth it all! I thank you that your love never fails, gives up and never runs out on me, and it is your love in me that causes me to walk in victory whether it be leaving my home land, throwing out a net to catch fish, trusting you with my children…. I say yes to You and no to fear, doubt and insecurity. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!