One time, Jesus was on the beach and saw a group of fishermen putting away their empty fishing nets. They had been out all night. Jesus walked over to them and asked if he could borrow their boat so he could push away from the shore and teach a large crowd of people that had gathered. The fishermen didn’t know him, yet they allowed him to take their boat.
When Jesus was finished, as a way to thank them, he told them to launch out into the deep and promised they would catch a great haul of fish. The fishermen must have thought, “We are professional fishermen, and he’s telling us how and when to fish. Doesn’t he know this is how we make our living? We’ve been doing this for many years. We are experts in our field. We know when the fish are biting and when they aren’t. And now it not the time to fish!”
Friend, do you realize that sometimes you can know too much? Sometimes our own intellect can keep us from God’s best. If you listen to some of the experts on the economy long enough, they’ll talk you into going under. They’ll talk you into living a defeated life. Some medical reports will talk you into staying sick. Some news reports will keep you from pursuing your dreams. I know it’s always good to have information and understand things in the natural. I’m not saying to hide our heads in the sand. But at some point, you’ve got to get out of the natural and say, “This may be impossible with men, but I know with God all things are possible.” At some point, you’ve got to say to yourself, “I am not going to let circumstances direct me. I’m not going to allow any more doubt and unbelief to come into my mind. Yes, I want to know the facts, but the truth of God’s Word is what stands forever!”
Today, are you considering your circumstances, or are you considering your God? Are you fully persuaded that God is going to do what he promised? Or have you talked yourself out of it? It’s easy to think that your dream is too big or your problem is too great in the natural. But remember, we serve a supernatural God! Keep believing, keep moving forward, and keep obeying his Word because he is faithful. If he said it, he will do it. Let your faith connect with his power and watch him do extraordinary things in your life!
About the Author
Joel Osteen is pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, the largest congregation in the United States.