Have you ever heard the statement, the deliverance is in the details, this idiom emphasises the importance of details. For a Biblical example I’d like to take you to Luke in the New Testament.
This is a favorite record of mine, because it’s loaded with delicious bites of wisdom and a huge attitude adjustment.
- And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him(Jesus) to hear the Word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
- And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and washing their nets.
- And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
- Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
- And Simon answering said unto him, Master we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
- And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of the fishes: and their net break.
- And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
- When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees saying Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
- For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken.
Scratchin’ your heads too?
I’ve heard this taught in church a few times in the past, and usually was left scratching my head. It didn’t make sense to me why Peter would, after receiving a giant blessing to his fishing business–would he run up to Jesus and say “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man.” Was it because he questioned Jesus? Or was it because he disobeyed Jesus? Did you catch the disobedience of Peter? Check back again in verses 4 & 5; look at the word nets. Did you see it that time?
Haha…details. Details truly make the difference between the pride in a heart and humility. Peter didn’t just question Jesus, which–might I add– is not the sin here, he disobeyed him. Even Jesus questions God. God just wanted to bless Peter back for the use of his ship. God loves blessing people back when they give! But Peter had a poopy attitude about it.
Ladies, do you ever see your children come home from school tired and cranky. Wouldn’t you do anything to put the smile back on their faces? Say, for instance, you ask them to go look in the fridge, where you have placed their ALL TIME favorite treat, as a surprise. They complain that they are tired, whine that you’re a slave driver and then finally get up, go to the fridge, only to give it a quick open and close. They missed the blessing didn’t they?
Peter was told to let down your NETS, plural! He grumpily replied, Master we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. Net is singular. And a net is exactly what he dropped. Then when the blessing, Jesus knew was coming for him, showed up he wasn’t prepared for it. Peter surely didn’t deserve that massive blessing, but isn’t that just how it happens? Isn’t that when we realize how good God is?
I call it the blessing point instead of the breaking point.
Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and the longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? It’s God’s kindnesses that lead us to a change of heart. When our heart gets sooo melted by his love and blessing we realize we need to change. The blessing point.
What details slip through the cracks on your prayers? How do you keep that from happening? Here’s the key. When you ask God “What is available in this situation?” make sure to follow that up with,
“God, is there anything else I should know?”
God will tell you! Stay quiet and let him do the talking. Soon you will have a “nets” story of God’s unexpected blessing in your life all of your own.