He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” — Luke 11:28
The Lord’s simple requests often serve as stepping stones to life’s most wonderful blessings. Simon Peter illustrates what can happen when we say yes to God.
One day a large crowd pressed around Jesus while he preached (Luke 5:1–11). The Lord wanted to use Peter’s boat as a floating platform from which to address the multitude, so he asked the future apostle to push the vessel out a little way from shore (verse 3)—not in itself a particularly remarkable request. But Peter’s compliance to his request paved the way for a life-changing blessing.
Peter’s reply demonstrates the beginning of a lifetime of faith in God. He said, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets”. The soon-to-be disciple chose to obey the Lord and to leave the consequences of his decision to him.
But notice what happened as a result of Peter’s obedience – Jesus demonstrated his power and sovereignty. Peter may have started the day off thinking his efforts had been for nothing. But rather, he ended it in complete amazement because he pulled in not one but two overflowing boatloads of fish (v7).
Peter no doubt assumed that Jesus’ fishing instructions would be a waste of time. But when he obeyed Jesus’s simple request, Jesus brought about a miracle that gripped Peter with amazement. Jesus turned an empty boat into a full one. We, like Peter, must recognise that obeying God is always the wisest course of action. He can also take our emptiness, whether related to money, relationships or work, and He change it into something splendid.
We often hesitate to obey God because we fear the consequences of our decision. But the Lord’s command is for you to fear him above all else. The same sovereign, omnipotent God who keeps our heart beating and the planets orbiting is more than able to handle the results of our obedience. When he tells us to do something and we know without a doubt it is His will, then we need to obey immediately.
When we choose to obey the Lord, He will bless us. This is because obedience always leads to blessing.