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Daily Reformation, Luke 5:1-11
From the Reformer
…as Peter yielded so readily to the command of Christ, whom he did not yet know to be a Prophet or the Son of God, no apology can be offered for our disgraceful conduct, if, while we call him our Lord, and King, and Judge, (Isaiah 33:22) we do not move a finger to perform our duty, to which we have ten times received his commands.
—John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Pulling It Together
The pastor was worn out from a lifetime of service. Indeed, he had been retired but a few months when the call came to serve as pastor to a struggling congregation. With what seemed little consideration, he heeded the call.
Though you toil for years or a lifetime, be faithful to the leading of the Master. If he says to cast then cast, wait then wait, toil then toil—though it seems in vain. Yet how can following his direction be ineffective or hopeless? He will bless at the right time. Expect it—unexpected as it may seem. It is extraordinary (though it should not be) what happens when you cast your net into the depths of God.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers