Updated: Dec 13, 2020
As an ivy league business graduate from Cornell University, I didn’t take the “spiritual” stuff seriously in my 20s. My love for mathematics and chess made me someone that needed logic and reasoning to make my move.
I’ll admit that I still struggle sometimes to grasp that God can work in supernatural, miraculous ways. It was difficult for me to develop a faith where I recognize that I have no control over the businesses I launch, only what’s going on inside of me.
But seeing God work in amazing and wondrous ways of being my visions to life has helped me to become more open to supernatural ways that think line themselves for me to succeed.
I know I’m crazy about taking financial risks in starting a business, but am I? Or am I extra faithful?
As entrepreneurs and owners of our businesses, it’s difficult for us “let go, and let God” because who the heck is going to start and run this business if we don’t?!
But running our business and expecting a supernatural encounter with God are two different things. We must do both.
How do we break down any walls that we’ve built up that don’t allow us to let God do what only He can do in making our dreams a reality?
The answer is in the bible. The stories of the Bible are meant to show us that miracles do happen… Yesterday, today, and always.
In the Bible, we read:
When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.” Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch. Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him. (Luke 5:4-10, 10-11 MSG)
You and I aren’t any different than Peter. Peter was an entrepreneur who, acting out of logic and past experiences, tells Jesus that there’s no way he was going to catch fish. The timing of the day was off, the tide wasn’t right, he was tired, the nets weren’t ready… and the excuses went on and on.
But Jesus… Jesus had a different outcome for Peter. Luckily, Peter listened, the miracle occurred, a lesson was learned, and the entire church was built on the rock of Peter.
Is Jesus telling you to launch that idea? Are you doubting and hesitating to cast out that net because logic doesn’t add up? You’ve been given the instructions, but you’re embarrassed, fearful of defeat, or too tired to give it another go?