Luke 5:8,10-11 “When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” … they left everything and followed Jesus.
It is God’s goodness and His kindness that leads to repentance. When people come to the realization that there is nowhere and no one outside God that can heal, save, deliver, and renew, they genuinely turn to God. Peter had fished all night but caught nothing and at Jesus’ word, he lowered his net and caught so many fish that his net was breaking, and his ship was sinking. Peter on his own fell down before Jesus and said, I am a sinner. What changed Peter was the goodness of God.
When we look at Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood, we see that they have twelve years in common. (Please read Mark 5:21-43). Twelve years is a long time; many things can happen in twelve years. Twelve years ago (2008), where were you and what were you doing? Think about it. Most times we do not stop to take stock of our lives, to think on and learn from past events. Could you have imagined any of the things that have happened in the past twelve years of your life? Twelve years ago, I had been pastoring for about three years and I believed every Christian spoke the truth. Twelve years have passed, and I have discovered that some Christians are liars. They will lie to your face so, I have learnt to check things out for myself.
Years ago, one Saturday morning. I remember it was a Saturday because I was to play soccer that day. But while I was sleeping, I felt a physical tap and I got up. My wife was not there, so who woke me up? While I was still wondering, God told me something someone was doing. In fact, the word God used was x-rated. I did not know that God could use x-rated words. So, I confronted her with what the Holy Ghost said, she denied it and began to weep. I got confused. So, I asked one of our pastors to take her in for three days. After the three days, they came back, and the Pastor told me that she was telling the truth.
So, I dismissed them, turned to work on my computer and the Holy Spirit said, “I told you something, a man told you something and you believed man!” I called them back, looked at her and said, ‘You are a liar!’ Her tears dried up and she started telling the truth. I was afraid. I thought it was impossible for Christians to look you in the face and lie until I started pastoring. But I have learnt that it is very possible. Prov.12:19 “Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed”. What has happened to you in twelve years and what have you learnt?
Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your goodness and Your kindness. I ask for the wisdom to always discern situations by Your Spirit, in Jesus Name. Amen!