There are at least 4 things a person must do if they are going to stop objecting and tell the Lord “but because You said so, nevertheless at Your Word.”
- You must be convinced, confident, sure and certain that God is who He says and does all that He says…Hebrews 11:1 teaches us that this is faith. Peter has already come to believe Numbers 23:19 which declares that God is not a man that He should lie. Perhaps he even remembered Jeremiah 1:12, “the Lord watches to see that His Word is fulfilled.” There can be no doubt about God’s faithfulness to His Word and His people. We are to know that just as the Lord was faithful to the Israelites, He is faithful to all that belong to Him. “Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses (1 Kings 8:56). We must bow before the King of kings and Lord of lords knowing that beside Him there is no other, not even self.
- Peter didn’t let his mind dictate what he believed or his actions. His mind is tired and weary. His mind was most likely telling him that there were no fish to catch. Instead of listening to his mind, Peter listened to what Jesus said and obeyed. He told Jesus, ‘my mind says there is no fish to be caught – nevertheless at Your word, I’m going fishing.’
If we are honest, must of us have suffered from our mind telling us something different than what God says.
A lot of the spiritual battle takes place in the mind. It will try to rule you and that is why Paul teaches us in Romans 12:2 that our minds must be renewed. Paul said let this mind be in you that is in Christ Jesus. If not, if your mind hasn’t quite been renewed, if it is not like Christ Jesus, you need to take away its right to vote. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
- Peter did not allow his previous experiences to rule him. We are so quick to say, “been there, done that, not going there again” not this day anyway. Peter said I’ve already did that “but because You said so, I’ll do it again, since You’re telling me I know it’s for a purpose.’
- Peter did not let his body choose for him. We are a busy, busy, busy people. We’re either too tired, too busy, too run down to obey. I would but right now I just can’t – I’m too tired, too exhausted, can’t take no more, don’t feel like it, headache, too tired to go, too tired to pray, too busy to study. If we are going to respond to God’s Word with “but because You said so,” we can’t let our bodies be the boss. Our bodies are to be servants to our spirits. Our minds and bodies will tell us lots of negative things, you can’t do this and you can’t do that.
No, we can’t in our own strength but the Spirit of God living in us can. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:16).” Peter commanded his body to do what His Spirit man was saying, all to God’s glory. Amen
We have been bought and paid for with a price, “but because You said so” says to the Lord, I surrender. I will deny myself, take up my cross daily and follow You, Your Word, Your plan, Your Purpose – not my own.
Peter did not let his mind, his past experiences, or his emotions dictate his obedience. He chose to walk in the Spirit. It’s a choice!
His obedience was based on what he believed about Jesus. He simply took Jesus at His word and expected the blessing. He trusted God! In fact, verse 11 says before it was over with, Peter left everything to follow Jesus. God is calling you and I to do the same – and the thing we’re gonna have to leave behind is self, otherwise we will never realize our destiny, the plan and purpose God has for our lives.
The following verses point to the greatness and power of our God, may our ever response be “because You said so.”
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2
‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
There is nothing that our God can’t do. Our part is to trust and obey as we pray, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is heaven.