70-When Jesus said…
Luke 5:4-6 (NLT)
“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!”
The blessings of the Lord are ours provided we obey when He speaks. Before this, however, a truth must be learned. What often happens is that God has to prove to us that the blessings do not come from our efforts or our strength but only through Him.
When Moses had his first encounter with God, God wanted to show him this truth. In order to do this required a demonstration. To Moses from God, “What is in your hand?”
Moses has spent 40 years as a shepherd and his tool of the trade was his staff. It has served him faithfully for all of those 40 years. It represented his strength to fight off wild animals to protect his flocks and also to be used to aid him in his traversing that wild and harsh land. So this staff was something that defined him as a shepherd. But God wanted to show Moses how He sees that staff.
Moses cast it down as he was required and immediately, the staff became a serpent. God was showing him that his staff, while under Moses’ control, was something that is evil because man’s way is evil as long as it was under man’s control. But now God said to pick up this evil. Just as Jesus said to go out again, Moses was told by God to pick up that snake. When he did, the snake turned into the staff once more. This time, however, there was a difference. Now that staff was no longer under Moses’ control but under God’s control. Now, this simple shepherd’s staff became the very symbol of God’s authority.
The same truth was about to be revealed concerning Moses’ heart. “Put your hand in your bosom.” When he did, it became leperous, white as snow. The very picture of all life removed. God was showing Moses the content of his own heart and that it brings forth death. When God told him to put his hand back, it returned to normal. But this time, Moses’ was to never do according to what he wanted but would be required to be under God’s control. From that time on, Moses was no longer his own man but became God’s man. Moses learned two valuable and important truths at his first encounter with God. He learned that only while the works of a man’s hands is under God’s control with a heart that is in submission to God’s will, then he will be blessed and acceptable to God. Anything else under his own control will only bring forth evil and death.
When we discover that the content of our own heart is evil and brings only death, we ask for mercy and forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ and our heart changes and we no longer follow the dictates of our own heart but yield our hearts to obey all that God commands. In this, we can experience the kind of blessings and faithfulness that only God can bring us. He does all this so that we can learn to trust Him in all things and in this we learn that God is Lord of All.