Let Him into Your Boat
Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. – Luke 5:3
After the day’s fishing was complete and Simon was busy washing his nets, Jesus, the most famous Rabbi in Israel, showed up and asked to use his boat. For Simon Peter, this was the most expensive aspect of his personal business, and Jesus just asked to use it! The trouble with Jesus is that He acts like He is God… because He is! We are often made familiar with the notion of giving God our hearts, or letting Him use our hands or mouths to speak for Him; but here the Lord asks for Simon’s boat, his business, his 9-5 job. Thankfully, Simon overcame any hesitation he had and let the Lord into his boat – and the rest is history. Such availability to God granted Simon a front row seat to Jesus’ life-transforming teaching, and then he got to witness a miracle of divine provision, having his life and future changed in the process. Jesus really is the sovereign Lord of Heaven and Earth, and has a right on every single facet of our lives – even the areas that we might consider private, secular, or recreational. He is the rightful owner of all things, yet He respected Peter and asked for his permission to use his boat. Often there are areas in our lives the Lord is asking for access to. We should learn from the example of Peter and let the Lord onto our boat, take a front row seat, and let Him steer the ship. He can do a better job with our lives than we can, and we can rest, assured that He has our best interests at heart.
Prayer: Lord, I recognise that You are the rightful ruler of this Earth and all that is on it, and today I give You permission to step into my boat, to enter into every department of my life. Forgive me for my independence, and help me to follow Your lead from this day forward. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: Ps 24:1; 1 Cor 6:20; Rom 12:1-2, Prov 3:5-6