… at once they left their nets and followed him …
It is a very great thing to obey; to live under a superior and not to be one’s own master, for it is much safer to be subject than it is to command. Many live in obedience more from necessity than from love. Such become discontented and dejected on the slightest pretext; they will never gain peace of mind unless they subject themselves wholeheartedly for the love of God.
Go where you may, you will find no rest except in humble obedience to the rule of authority. Dreams of happiness expected from change and different places have deceived many.
Everyone, it is true, wishes to do as he pleases and is attracted to those who agree with him. But if God be among us, we must at times give up our opinions for the blessings of peace.
Furthermore, who is so wise that he can have full knowledge of everything? Do not trust too much in your own opinions, but be willing to listen to those of others. If, though your own be good, you accept another’s opinion for love of God, you will gain much more merit; for I have often heard that it is safer to listen to advice and take it than to give it. It may happen, too, that while one’s own opinion may be good, refusal to agree with others when reason and occasion demand it, is a sign of pride and obstinacy.
-St. Thomas a Kempis
The Imitation of Christ, Book 1 chapter 9
Point for Prayer:
To whom do you willingly grant authority in your life?In what areas of life is it tempting to be your own boss?
Psalm 131 says, “God, I do not concern myself with great matters or things too difficult for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a child with its mother, my soul is quiet and still.”
Father, I confess that right now, in this moment, everything is too difficult for me. I am overwhelmed. In this moment, speak to my heart and say, “Be still.”
And God replies, “Be still, and know that I AM God.” This is the great I AM who spoke the worlds into being. The great I AM who spoke a word and created light to illuminate the darkness. The great I AM who knew me when I was in my mother’s womb. He formed me. He knew this day would come… and that it would also go!
I once heard this encouraging phrase… “If you’re going through hell… keep going!” Don’t get stuck… just keep moving forward. There is always hope!
Isaiah 12:2 “See, God has come to save me. I will trust in Him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”
On March 4, 1933, during the dark days of the depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in a radio speech, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
On September 7, 1851, the naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.”
Three centuries before that, the French essayist Montaigne wrote, “The thing of which I have the most fear is fear.”
People in all ages of history have fought their fears in one way or another, but the only thing that really conquers fear is faith in the Lord: “I will trust in Him and not be afraid!”
He is our strength, our song, and our salvation!