Devotion

Daily Reflections – Higher Things

The Fifth Sunday After Trinity

Today’s Reading: Luke 5:1-11
Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 4:1-22; Acts 16:23-40

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.” (Luke 5:5)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Peter here is an example of the Christian life: doubt of God’s Word right alongside trust in God’s Word. On the one hand, Peter, the fisherman, thinks Jesus probably doesn’t know what He’s talking about, telling Him where to put the net when they’ve tried all night to catch something. On the other hand, Peter has heard Christ’s Word and has seen what it can do. The Lord’s Word and promises win out over Peter’s faithless heart.

This is a reminder to us, too. Our Old Adam doesn’t fear, love, and trust in God above all things. Our new man in Christ trusts in no one other than Christ. It’s a war inside us as to who emerges and wins out. But it’s not up to us. The promises of Christ defeat your doubt and unbelief. The promises of Jesus deliver what they say. Jesus says, “There are the fish,” and their boats are sinking because there are so many! Jesus says, “I die to take away your sins.” Your sins are taken away. “I rise to give you life.” You have life.

Those same promises are sealed upon you at the font, confirmed in preaching and Absolution, and given in the Supper. They are Jesus’ promises of forgiveness, life, and salvation.

The amazing catch of fish makes Peter recognize what a sinning doubter he is. But it’s not the Lord’s purpose to shame Peter. Instead, it shows Peter what wonderful promises God has for him. So it is for you. Repent of your unbelief, not to be shamed, but to see that this is the Lord’s gift. It shows you that all the promises He makes to you are true and sure and can’t be broken. His Word saves you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

O God, who has prepared for those that love You such good things as pass man’s understanding, pour into our hearts such love toward You that we, loving You above all things, may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Trinity 5)