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What You Think You Know Best

Wednesday March 15, 2017

“But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” -Matthew 17:27

My husband Harold loves to fish. I will brag on him, and say that he really knows what he is doing. He is a good, and a faithful fisherman.

However, there is a man more talented and more knowledgeable in fishing than he will ever be. His name was Peter.

When Jesus met Peter and asked him to join the winning team, Peter was out fishing. He was a professional. That’s how he made his living. Fishing was his job, and it’s what he knew best.

In Matthew 17, Jesus tells Peter to go to the lake, throw out his line, take the first fish, and open his mouth.

Jesus tells Peter how to do the job that he’s always done, and how to do it in the best way.

This story is amazing to me because I think Jesus was seeing if Peter would trust His word over Peter’s knowledge.

The last thing Peter needed was Jesus telling him how to do something he had done his whole life.

However, Peter trusts that God might know something more than the thing he knows of the most.

Maybe you know exactly what you’re doing. You might even be a professional at it, but what if God interrupted the way you do things and told you how to do what you already think you know? Would you be willing to listen?

Prayer: “God, thank you for knowing more than I do. Interrupt me in the things I think I can do well. Show me a new way. Help me to trust in what you say. In your name I pray, Amen.”

-Whitney Flach