Luke 5 (NKJV)
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.
7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;
They had reason to be “astonished!” This was a catch far exceeding anything they or anyone had ever pulled in. How did He do that? Who was this man? He had just preached from their boat, probably not totally unusual. Before this, by Luke’s account, He had not performed a lot of miracles, so He wasn’t known. So in the same setting, you and I would have been astonished too.
Don’t you love it when God astonishes you? It may not happen often, but when He chooses to bless us – He can do a grand job of it!
But maybe you are saying, “I don’t think that God has done anything in my life that has astonished me.”
I have had periods in my life where I’ve made comments similar to that. Those were times before I acknowledged Him as Lord. How would I expect great things Him – if I’m not spending time in His presence, not working to know Him more, and not asking for much that was according to His will. I may have asked to win the lottery or some such thing. Or I may have prayed for a close parking spot at the shopping Mall.
James 4:3 says; (the gospel according to Ron) “we ask and do not receive, because we ask improperly, asking for things that are only for our own desires and selfish pleasures.” Nothing wrong with asking for a good parking spot, but don’t be let down if you don’t get it!
Our heavenly Father wants a relationship. He wants us to know Him, spend time with Him and follow His commands. Obviously if we have our eye on him, we are far more likely to see, to receive or to be a part of His miracles. Looking to Him we are much more likely to even see, to notice the astounding events that go on every day as His hand in our lives and the lives of others.
We serve an amazing God who delights in astonishing His children every now and then. He’s not a Genie in a bottle that will grant our every wish. We would become nothing but a bunch of lazy and spoiled brats. But He is a loving Father who knows and cares about what is best “in every instance” for His children. Every now and then He will astonish us!
Keep your eyes open and your expectations up.