A Call to Faithfulness
Nancy Taylor Warner
"As the people pressed upon him to hear the word
of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret. And
saw two ships ... And he sat down, and taught
the people out of the ship. Now when he had left
speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into
the deep" Luke 5:1-4a.
Each of us in various ways, find ourselves pressing, or being
pressed, to accomplish one purpose or another. The most important
question we could consider is, are we "pressing"
toward that which has eternal value, or toward those things
that will pass away?
The Apostle Paul said,
"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do, forgetting those things which
are behind, and reaching forward to those things
which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the
prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus"
Phil 3:13-15 NKJ.
Somehow, we all become very "busy." As a result,
there are many things that seek to hinder our devotional time
with the Lord. We must reject these and determinedly press
through them in order to have some quiet time with the Lord.
The Lord notices and responds whenever we rise above all
these "things" to seek Him. In Luke 5, as the people
pressed to hear, the Lord observed that two ships were close
by. There always are - His way, and our way. Thus, there will
always be an alternative to our responding to His call.
Jesus entered into one of these and pushed out a little from
the shore. The "shore" relates to our everyday activities.
He pushed beyond these into the realm of the spirit. The depth
to which He will take us is contingent upon the desire of
our heart. He will first push us out a little to teach us
the principles of the realm of the Spirit. Then He will say,
"Launch out into the deep," into the depths of communion
with Him in the outworking of His purposes.
The Lord looks beyond our outward appearance and circumstances.
When He saw Eliab standing before Samuel, outwardly perfect,
He also saw David who was in the sheepfold being faithful.
David was hastily brought before Samuel with the smell of
the sheepfold still on him. The Lord looked past this and
saw him as one who had a heart after Him."
"His lord said unto him, Well done, good and
faithful servant; you were faithful over a
few things, I will make you ruler over many
things. Enter into the joy of your lord"
Matt 25:21 NKJ.
The anointing oil was poured upon David to anoint him King
over Israel. A short time later, he was chosen to play a harp
to soothe Saul. But as he faithfully stood before him, Saul
threw a javelin at him and David fled and hid in the back
of a cave.
We might say, "What went wrong?" But a preparation
of David's heart was taking place which was not outwardly
evident. There was a higher purpose in David's troubles.
Saul also was sovereignly called by God. He was ordained
and immediately placed on the Throne. He had experienced none
of the "processings" that were taking place in the
life of David. Thus, Saul had a difficult time obeying instructions
as he did not have a broken and contrite spirit. Samuel wept
all night because of Saul's disobedience, but Saul did not
weep. When correction came, he defended himself. There had
been no corrective dealings in his life.
On the surface, it would appear that the Lord loved David
less than Saul. David was going through great difficulties
in getting to the Throne, but Saul came directly to the Throne.
The casual observer would say, Saul was accepted, but David
was rejected. The ways of the Lord are very different from
There was a deep working of the Lord in the spirit of David.
The Lord could trust David to go though the difficult things
that would prepare him for the Throne. As a result of this,
the Lord was able to remove the very root of independence
Our children do not become submissive in one day. We do not
lay hands on them and instantly have a wonderfully submitted
child. There is a process to which the parent must be committed.
If this is not done while our children are young, problems
will surface later.
As we face the dealings of God, notice that David did not
passively sit and allow a javelin to pierce him. He quickly
removed himself and then cried out to the Lord. His reliance
was in the Lord, but he had discernment and was able to act
according to the circumstances with which he was dealing.
This is not escaping the dealings of God. We have a responsibility
as stewards of the call of God on our lives to guard the anointing
that has been entrusted to us. We are to discern rightly and
move quickly when we come face to face with the enemy.
As we open our hearts to the Lord and press towards Him for
more, a seed of the Kingdom will be planted within us. The
Lord is faithful to do His part in sowing this seed. Our part
is the cultivation of the soil.
In Luke 5, Jesus sat down in the boat and taught the people
who stood on the shore, intently listening. Matthew chapter
13 tells us what he said. He dealt with the things within
them that would be a hindrance to the development of "The
Word of the Kingdom" that had been sown within them.
There are those who have no spiritual capacity. They are
in the "wayside" apart from the place where He is
working to produce fertile soil. As a result, the birds take
away the little they received and they are left with nothing.
There are those who have not been dealt with and many "stones"
remain in their garden. The roots begin to go down, but as
soon as some persecution or trouble comes, these roots wither
There are those who hear, but the cares of this world and
the deceitfulness of riches become as "thorns" that
choke out all spiritual growth. In all these, the Lord had
done His part but there was no harvest.
Then there is the "good soil" that has been cultivated.
The tools with which we cultivate this soil are our worship
and our times of prayer. It is here that the receptivity of
our spirit develops and the eyes of our understanding become
The more time we spend in his presence, the deeper the seed
will go and the stronger the roots will become to withstand
the storms of life. There will develop deep within us - spiritual
understanding, discernment, and submission to the ways of
As He tells us to launch out into the deep, our natural and
spiritual lives will begin to function in harmony. Then we
will have a testimony of His faithfulness. Joseph was promoted
because of his faithfulness. Daniel was promoted due to faithfulness.
David was found faithful.
The Lord seeks to do "a new thing" in each of us.
This will be seen only when the fruit of the seed that had
been planted within us and faithfully cared for, develops
into full maturity.
We should never despise the day of small beginnings. As we
press to hear, the Lord will begin within us a deep inner
work that will take much time to surface. At the time, it
may seem we are only suffering and being misunderstood. But
if we are patient and do not give up, the reward will come.
There is a becoming on the inside that will be seen on the
outside in His time. We are all fed by the Psalms that David
wrote as he went through difficult times. Our lives too, will
yet become a blessing to many.
Our part is to be faithful; He will do the rest.