Human beings are creatures of words. We are speaking creatures. We move by what we see, hear and feel. And as a result, we tend to be ruled and limited by what our sight and feelings communicate to us. One category of people is the NATURAL MAN. People that belong to the natural man category are ruled by what their situations and circumstances communicate to them.

They are ruled by their past mistakes and failures. They seem unable to see beyond the physical and natural realm. They seem to have forgotten that there is another Voice speaking to them, which is greater than circumstantial voices. In a nutshell, the natural man fails to realise that man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Mtt. 4:4).

It’s so easy and natural to listen to the voice of our situations and live by them. But we should learn a great lesson about whose words to obey and live by from the account of what transpired between Simon Peter and the Lord Jesus Christ.

On a particular day, Peter and his other fishermen had toiled all day without catching any fish. While they were washing their nets to close for the day, Jesus approached Peter to borrow his boat to stand on, while he preached to a crowd that had gathered. After preaching to the crowd, Jesus turned to Peter and told him to let down his nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”  Considering the fact that Peter was a trained fisherman who knew it was almost impossible to catch fishes at that time of the day, he was tempted to be controlled by the voice of the situation, but he quickly added that “nevertheless at thy word, I will let down the net.”

Peter could have chosen to live by the dictates of his situation and go home empty-handed, but he said, in other words, that “though the voice of my situation speaks of lack and impossibility, I choose to rather live by your word!”

This teaches us that there is a greater voice that rules over the affairs of men. There is a Word, at the speaking of which, every situation must align and follow suit. I’m talking of no other than the Word of God.

 

I challenge you to live by the Word of God because it is the only tool that God uses to illuminate your path in this world of darkness. Shalom!

I challenge you to live by the Word of God because it is the only tool that God uses to illuminate your path in this world of darkness. Shalom!