True Woman ’12: Priscilla Shirer

Night 2 of True Woman ’12 was simply amazing. If you weren’t able to watch the live stream, I hope you’ll enjoy getting a glimpse of the evening here in Indy through the notes I jotted down. 

Priscilla Shirer

As Priscilla opened her message, she explained how excited her sons get about going fishing in a nearby creek. She assumed the boys loved the activity of fishing itself until one day when she saw them give up after their efforts produced no results. When she asked why they had stopped fishing, her son told her, “Fishing is not supposed to be that hard.”

Priscilla wondered if there may be women present at True Woman ’12 who felt similarly about their spiritual efforts—women who had been working faithfully, but had become discouraged about the apparent lack of results.

Luke 5—Jesus’ Plan for Simon’s Abandoned Boat

On the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus found a discouraged, frustrated, disappointed fisherman washing his fishing nets after a long day of unsuccessful fishing.

Many times the situations that we see as useless in life are the very situations that Jesus will step into to make useful. Jesus used Simon Peter’s abandoned fishing boat as a platform to proclaim His greatness. He does the same with places in our lives that we see as useless.

People around us need not only to hear what we believe, but also to see the transformation that Jesus accomplishes in the abandoned boat circumstances of our lives. He will use all we face for His glory and our good.

Our God is sovereign over every event that takes place in our lives. His sovereignty allows us to practice Psalm 46:10—Be still and know that I am God.

Jesus’ Plan for Our Lack

If God had allowed Simon to catch all of the fish he wanted that night, there would have been no place for Jesus to stand in his boat. We shouldn’t be disappointed by what seems to be a lack in our lives. If God is allowing a hole in our life, that means He has a plan to fill it up.

Jesus asked Simon to set out in the boat again to catch fish in the deep water. Although this didn’t make sense to Simon, he did it anyway. We are better off in deep water with Jesus than we are in shallow water without Him.

When Simon and his friends did what Jesus said, they caught so many fish that the nets began to break and the boats began to sink. God often renders us speechless with displays of His power when we follow Him in faith.

When we demonstrate our faith through obedience, our actions will often appear risky or senseless to those around us. If God calls us into the deep, we can be confident that He has a divine plan to demonstrate His power in our lives. 

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