“Because I said so.”
Didn’t you hate when your parents used that phrase? You didn’t want to do something or you didn’t understand why they said to do it, but their only explanation was, “Do it because I said so,” so you begrudgingly obliged.
I hated when my parents said it, and now sometimes I say it. (Along with other classic parent phrases like, “Don’t make me come up there,” “I’ll pull this vehicle over,” and “Turn off the lights!”)
“Because I said so” isn’t always a great explanation from flawed, earthly parents or authority figures, but it’s the only necessary explanation when God gives a command. His motives are always right and His vision is always clear. When God speaks, even when it doesn’t make sense to us, we need to learn to obey, if for no other reason, because He said so.
In Luke 5, as Jesus was preaching, the crowd was getting a little crazy. In an effort to not get crushed and so that everyone could hear, He hopped in a boat and pushed out from land. Fishermen had been in that same boat in the exact same spot in the lake all night, and to their frustration, had caught nothing. But now this Jewish Rabbi is on the boat and halfway through His sermon, He has the audacity to tell the fishermen how to catch fish!
“Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4 ESV)
You can sense the hesitation in Peter, but he responds how we need to learn to respond:
“At your word I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5 ESV)
At your word.
“Even though it doesn’t make sense, and even though we’ve tried it all night to no avail, I choose to obey simply because You said so.”
What happened when they obeyed? They caught so many fish that their commercial fishing nets started breaking and both boats started sinking. #nobigdeal
Mary, Jesus’ mother, had a pretty profound statement to say at a wedding in John 2. They had run out of wine, but she knew He could deal with that problem.
“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'” (John 2:5 ESV)
Do whatever he tells you.
“Whatever? Like do anything He says?”
Yep. Whatever He says. Anything. Even if it seems like the wrong timing, counter-intuitive, or very costly. Obey because He said so.
What areas or things are you holding back from Jesus? Has He told you to do something, let go of something or someone, or take a risk that you weren’t prepared for? The only regrets you’ll have come from disobedience, never from obedience. He sees the beginning, the end, and everything in between, so take Him at His word and respond in obedience.
“God is responsible for all the consequences of your obedience. You are responsible for all the consequences of your disobedience.” – Charles Stanley