We’ve all heard it. Most of us have even said it. “Because I said so.”
Usually this is said out of exhaustion when your child asks why they have to do what you just told them to do. While we usually try to give a good explanation, sometimes the best answer is simply “Because I said so.” It means “I am the parent. I know better than you do. I am in charge. Do as I say. I’m not in the mood to discuss this anymore.”
In Luke 5 Jesus tells Simon to let down his nets in the deep water.
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5 NIV)
Simon is obedient, even when it didn’t make sense. He did mention that he has tried that and failed but he doesn’t argue with Jesus, he simply obeys. To his surprise, the catch is huge!!
How many times have I dismissed what Jesus tells me to do because I think I know better? After all, haven’t I tried that before and failed? Maybe those commands of Jesus are for other people. People who haven’t tried before and failed. Not me. Been there, done that, got the T shirt but no real success. But when I read this in Luke 5 I can’t help but think… What have I missed out on because I didn’t simply do what Jesus told me to do?