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Want to read the Bible with me today?

First, ask God to see something you can apply to your life.

Then, read Luke 5.

Then, write down something you can apply to your life.

Then, read what I wrote:

 - Historical — This chapter records what life was like as Jesus’ ministry began: Jesus calling his disciples away from everything they knew, Jesus acting in ways which were totally counterintuitive, public excitement spreading like wildfire, and the religious establishment scrambling to sort out who Jesus is.

 - Doctrinal — The story of Peter fishing all night and catching nothing, but casting out his net under Jesus’ direction reminded me of this truth: our lives aren’t blessed by having the right methods (i.e. Peter used the same net both times); our lives are blessed because God decides to bless them (i.e. Peter only caught fish when he followed Jesus’ instruction to do it).

 - Inspirational — Reading the story of Peter (particularly verses 5, 8, & 9), makes me wonder how often I, like Peter, am using human rationality to preemptively “reason away” God’s power.