Bible Study for December 2002:
Study 2: THE SAVIOURíS ABUNDANT PROVISION II
Peter was an experienced Galilean fisherman who knew that the night was best for fishing. However, with their professional training and skill, the years of experience, the proper timing of the fishing outing, they caught nothing. Humanly speaking, Jesusí suggestion suggest would been considered an absurd idea. The chances were near zero that they will catch anything at this time of the day. Godís wisdom many times will appear foolish to man. His word, however superficially foolish and absurd it may seem is wiser than the wisest of human pronouncements. WHATSOEVER HE SAYS TO YOU. DO IT (John 2:5).
THE INSUFFICIENCY OF DILIGENT EFFORT (Luke 5:5)
John 21:3-5;15:4,5;3:27; Psalm 127:1,2; Isaiah 17:11;49:4; Leviticus 26:14-20; Haggai 1:5-11; Deuteronomy 28:33-42; Genesis 13:10-17; 19:15-17; Micah 6:15; Ecclesiastes 9:11; Jeremiah 8:15; 10:23; 13:23; Hosea 8:7; Zephaniah 1:13
Diligent effort and industrious application are essential in our professional work and domestic chores. God would not have us to be lazy and indolent (1 Thessalonians 4:11,12; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12; Mathew 20:6,7; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Proverbs 10:4,5; Romans 12:11). However, in the heat of lifeís battles, our diligent work may only amount to fruitless toil. They toiled all night but caught nothing. The accumulations of a lifetime can get blown away overnight (Job 1:13-22; Genesis 19:15-17; Proverbs 23:5); the daily physical exertions may yield no visible progress (Haggai 1:5-11). Diligent effort is important, a necessary but not sufficient condition for progress.
THE INEVITABILITY OF DIVINE ENABLEMENT (Luke 5:5-7)
Genesis 26:22,10-14; Exodus 14:14; Leviticus 26:3-13; Deuteronomy 28:1-13; 1 Chronicles 4:9,10; Isaiah 1:9; 40:29-31; Joshua 1:3-8;
1 Samuel 2:27; Psalm 124:1-8; 125:1,2; 121:1-8; 126:1-3;Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:26; Zechariah 10:12
Tremendous achievement can follow a fruitless night at the Saviourís bidding. To make real, tremendous and astounding progress in life, we need divine enablement. Divine enablement will make fruitfulness in old age possible (Psalm 92:12-14; Romans 4:17-21); will equip a man against a formidable host (1 Samuel 17:50; Psalm 27: 3; 2 Kings 6:15-17); there is divine wisdom to handle the difficult situations of life (John 8:7; James 1:5); there is divine strength for the exhausting demands of life (Philippians 4:13); there is divine guidance in the choice of a life partner (Genesis 24: 27); there is an inexhaustible supply to meet all your need (Philippians 4:19). The Saviourís provision is abundant, it makes rich and adds no sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). Have you been toiling all night with nothing to show for all your effort? The Saviourís abundant provision is readily available for the trusting.
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