And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. John 21:5-6
Sometimes our logic can get in the way of our faith. We will assess a situation, whether if you feel like you heard from God or not, and if it doesn’t look like a good look for us logically speaking, we bail on it and don’t go for it. We don’t take those crazy steps of faith, because logically it just doesn’t add up in our mind’s calculator. When Ash and I started the cross, logically, it didn’t add up. My bride was in the battle of her life fighting cancer and we were about to quit my job as a pastor at a church that I worked at for 15 years and embark on a journey that we knew wouldn’t include income for a while, we have a mortgage and other bills, we would have all sorts of possible health insurance issues, and we didn’t even have a designated place to meet yet! But we knew that God had put on our hearts this opportunity and yet logically, in my mind, it didn’t make sense. I remember Ashleigh saying, ‘God wants to do a new thing with us Greg, but we have to take the step of faith to see it.’ That was par for the course for Ash as she had a big time faith and believed all of Ephesians 3:20, ‘Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we ask or think…’ For Ashleigh, logic always was trumped by the greatness and possibility of our God.
Imagine these experienced fishermen who were Jesus’ disciples and friends toiling all night at fishing and some stranger shows up on the shoreline to give them some totally illogical fishing lessons as He yells out for them to cast their net on the right side of the boat and then promises that they will find some fish. Come on now! We all know that fish don’t just group up on the right side of the boat, waiting to be caught, and besides, these expert fishermen had fished all of the water around that boat all night long! Logically, those instructions didn’t make sense. They could have blown it off like He was just some crazy, homeless guy on the shoreline, but they decided not to go with logic. Even though they didn’t know it was Jesus, and we dont know for sure, but maybe they thought it might be Jesus, but they just couldn’t tell for sure. So, just in case it was Him, they decided to do this crazy thing and cast all of the logic aside and cast the net to see if this promise would come true. Maybe it was all of the miracles, the various healings, and the incredible things they saw Jesus do that inspired them for this moment to follow this guy on the shoreline’s directions. Just in case it was true. And what happened? They were blown away at not only the promise fulfilled, but also the harvest that was so much that they couldn’t pull it into their boat. It was exceedingly abundantly above all they asked for or thought. Then they knew it was the Lord, because only He can provide in that way. But if they hadn’t taken that step of faith and cast their net, then they would never had experienced the incredible catch and the promise fulfilled. We don’t know why they cast it, but maybe they decided that this time logic would not win over the possibility that this was going to be another miracle.
Ashleigh and I were so glad that we took that step of crazy faith to start the cross church about 8 months ago. Of course, there were issues and difficulties, but God provided just as He promised us. He never left us hanging on one issue. Everything was covered. By taking that step, He allowed us to see Him work and provide in so many miraculous ways that it only inspired our faith. We only wish we had done it sooner! Now that Ashleigh is in heaven, our decision becomes even more of a significant step because I am now blessed to keep super busy carrying on our vision so we can watch God continue to work. His timing is perfect. The crazy thing to think about is that we would have never experienced any of this blessing had our logic trumped our faith. But we decided to trust God to do a new thing in our lives, to do something that seemed illogical and we got to see this incredible story unfold.
Is God showing you to take a crazy, illogical step of faith? Are you willing to let your faith in the God who can do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think trump your logic? You will never know what He can do until you trust His greatness over your own logic. Go ahead, Cast the net and see what He does.