What Jesus Did! 'Hunger for the Word of God' — Luke 5:1

Friday, March 6, 2015

Jesus stood beside Lake Gennesaret (Galilee). Many people pushed to get all around him. They wanted to hear the teachings of God.
— Luke 5:1
Illustration of Luke 5:1 — Jesus stood beside Lake Gennesaret (Galilee). Many people pushed to get all around him. They wanted to hear the teachings of God.

Key Thought

Even though we are living in a skeptical age with a cultural environment in which people reject standards of any kind, there is still great hunger for an authentic message from God in the hearts of many people. Jesus spoke that authentic message and people came to hear it. The authority of his words was unparalleled. The power that resided in his words caught their attention and captured their hearts. Many people still yearn for that message and look for people who can speak it with conviction, character, and compassion. Let's be people who know the message of Jesus, who live the lifestyle of that message with passion, and who share that message with others. They will still draw near to listen if what we speak is the Word of God!

Today's Prayer

Righteous Father, the one true and holy God, please teach me your will as I seek for your guidance from your words in Scripture and from the leading of your Spirit. Then, dear Father, use me to share that message to bless others and lead them to you! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus stood beside Lake Gennesaret (Galilee). Many people pushed to get all around him. They wanted to hear the teachings of God. Jesus saw two boats at the shore of the lake. The fishermen were washing their nets. Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon. Jesus asked Simon to push off a little from the shore. Then Jesus sat down in the boat and taught the people on the shore. Jesus finished speaking. He said to Simon, "Take the boat into the deep water. If all of you will put your nets into the water, you will catch some fish." Simon answered, "Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, but we caught nothing. But you say I should put the nets into the water; so I will." The fishermen put their nets into the water. Their nets became so full of fish that the nets began to break. They called to their friends in the other boat to come and help them. The friends came, and both boats were filled so full of fish that they were almost sinking. The fishermen were all amazed at the many fish they caught. When Simon Peter saw this, he bowed down before Jesus and said, "Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!" James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed too. (James and John worked together with Simon.) Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid. From now on you will work to gather people, not fish!" The men brought their boats to the shore. They left everything and followed Jesus.

Luke Luke 5:1-11

Related Scripture Readings

But the Holy Spirit will come to you. Then you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—{you will tell people about me}. First, you will tell people in Jerusalem. Then you will tell people in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world."

Acts 1:8

"I want you Jews to know that God has sent his salvation to the non-Jewish people. They will listen!" Paul stayed two full years in his own rented house. He welcomed all people that came and visited him. Paul told people about the kingdom of God. He taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. He was very bold (brave), and no one tried to stop him from speaking.

Acts 28:28-31

The Lord says: "Look, the days are coming when I will cause a time of hunger in the land. The people will not be hungry for bread. The people will not be thirsty for water. No, the people will be hungry for words from the Lord.

Amos 8:11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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