If you say so...

Nevertheless. It’s a word some readers may use, and use often. For others, not so much. Nevertheless, it is a word that we all should use in our walk with the Lord.

In the 17th chapter of Matthew, Jesus instructs Peter to bait a hook, catch the first fish that bites and collect the coin inside the fish’s mouth so they can pay the tribute to the temple. Peter, I think, was probably excited. He was a fisherman by trade, and so I imagine he went off happily towards the water. Keep in mind that Peter had no reason to doubt the Lord. He had already spent time with Jesus, and it was during that time that Peter saw the Lord perform many miracles. But there’s another, earlier moment in Scripture where I think we can connect Peter’s submission to the Lord.

In the fifth chapter of Luke, Jesus is being followed by a crowd when He sees two ships near the shore. The ships are empty and the fishermen are washing their nets. Jesus enters one of the ships, which was Simon Peter’s, and the Lord instructs him to go out a little so Jesus can sit down and teach the people, allowing the water and atmosphere to kind of carry the sound of his voice and allow everybody to hear.

In Luke 5:5, Simon Peter says, “Jesus, we have been out all night and didn’t catch a thing. Nevertheless, I will do what you say.” Your Bible translation of choice may have another phrase here, something like “but because you say so” or “but at your word.” Either way, they all mean the same thing.

The reason I bring this up today is that I’m not always the type to have a nevertheless type of attitude. I’ll do it, but I may not be happy about it. I’ll do it, but I might question it. And I do not think I’m the only one have this type of…battle with the flesh. Nevertheless, God still expects us to do what He says. God still expects us to serve and to do things from the heart, not to bring attention to ourselves, but as servants of Christ (Ephesians 6:6).

Is there something you have a hard time doing? You need to have a nevertheless attitude. Is there something going on at work that you don’t always feel like doing? You need to have a nevertheless attitude. Is Jesus telling you something that you are having a hard time accepting? You need to have a nevertheless attitude. If your response to these situations begins with a complaint, stop, collect your thoughts, and think or say the word “nevertheless.” Peter did. It was thousands of years ago, and here we are still talking about it today.

James 1:22 instructs us to be doers of the word, and not hearers only. People may not give much thought, but that verse was included in a letter to believers. It wasn’t to people of another faith or no faith, although there might have been some sitting in the congregation that day the letter was first read. The Lord knew those people were not all doers of the word. The Lord knows we are not all doers of the word today. That’s why the Holy Spirit continues to lay it out pastors’ hearts to share this verse and others with believers.

Things in life are not always easy. Things at work or home are sometimes difficult. Nevertheless, we need to do what the Lord wants. He wants us to keep our cool. He wants us to be servants. He wants us to share the gospel, even to those who will cause harm or laugh. Nevertheless, we should do what He says.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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