Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." And immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Mark 1:16-18
When Jesus passed by Simon, Andrew, and the other fishermen of Galilee, He called them and they went.
When Jesus passed by Matthew's tax collector's table, the Savior called the publican and he went.
These men found themselves blessed because they listened and responded to the Savior's summons. In the years which were before them, there must have been many times they gave thanks to the Lord that they had walked with and listened to the Savior.
Of course, we need to realize not all voices of authority can be trusted.
For example, take the case of Patricia Maione. Recently, Maione found herself in the sand trap of Whitinsville Golf Club in Northbridge, Massachusetts. Now that would be just fine if she had been playing golf. She wasn't. She was driving her car.
Maione says her GPS told her to make a left turn. She listened, made the left turn, drove through a cornfield and onto the golf course.
You see, it does make a difference what voice you select as your authority. Maione says she was wrong to trust her GPS. The police say she was wrong to think she could drink and drive. She was arrested for driving with a suspended license and fourth offense drunken driving.
Yes, it makes a difference to whom you listen. Some voices may be respected; some voices may carry wisdom and truth. But no voice can be trusted as thoroughly and completely as that of our Heavenly Father.
When He promises to send His Son to be the world's Savior, that promise is kept. And when that Son says He will be crucified and on the third day rise again, you can trust He has done all that is necessary to save your soul.
One-hundred percent confidence, one-hundred percent of the time -- that's the way we can listen to the Lord.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the world is filled with those who say much but are sure of little. Grant me the wisdom to separate falsehood from truth when I listen to them. Most of all, guide me to pay attention to You, who alone have -- and are -- the truth. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries