I have a friend who immediately left a ministry and job that he loved, to move several states away to a place that he’d never been because he believed God was telling him to do so. He didn’t have anything set up at his new location; no job, no house, and no contacts, but he knew - even though it didn’t make sense to him at the time, that God was calling him. And he knew that even though he didn’t understand God’s plan at the time, that he should trust him. Have you ever been in that place? Have you ever felt God calling you to do something that made no sense at the time? Simon Peter did. And if God ever calls you to trust him by doing something that doesn’t seem to make sense, I encourage you to do what he did. It says in Luke, chapter 5, verses 4 and 5:
“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’”
To Simon, it made no logical sense to follow Jesus’ command. He’d already fished all night with no results. Neither did it make any logical sense for my friend to leave everything he’d known and move to a strange place. But they did. And as a result of their obedience, God led my friend to a new ministry calling and when Simon obeyed, he caught such a large number of fish that the nets began to break. We might not understand God’s plan when he asks us to do something that doesn’t seem to make sense, but even still, we need to trust him. He has a plan. He sees what we can’t see, and he knows what we don’t know. Our job isn’t to question God. Our job is to obey him, even when it is difficult, and even when it doesn’t make sense.
If you went back in time and warned your younger self about something you wish you would’ve avoided or handled differently during your life, chances are that your younger self would trust your advice, follow your instructions and ultimately choose a better path than the one you originally chose, even if it didn’t seem to make sense at the time. Likewise, we need to trust God if he calls us to do something that doesn’t make sense on the surface. For Simon, God had in mind a miraculous outcome from his obedient act. What might God have in store for you if you choose to trust him even when it doesn’t make sense at the time? It’s hard to say, but I’m sure whatever it is, you wouldn’t want to miss out.