As a physician, I am frequently curb-sided by strangers eager to share their expertise with me regarding health-related issues. The internet has exponentially expanded the information available to the health professional and layperson alike and, although I am chagrined to admit it, there have been occasions when I have learned about a new treatment or diagnostic test from these random conversations. If I divulge that I was unaware of this information, I am sometimes met with a snide comment like, “You didn’t know this? But aren’t you an expert?”
And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.
Luke 5:4-6 (ESV)
Simon Peter was a fisherman before He met Jesus Christ. I can just imagine the irritation and resentment Peter must have felt when Jesus instructed him to cast his nets, once again, after a fruitless night of fishing? Who is this amateur telling me how to do my job? I’m the expert here, not you! What was Peter’s response when he realized that Jesus’ advice was correct?
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Luke 5:8 (ESV)
Knowledge and expertise are important, but it must always be accompanied with a healthy dose of humility. I sometimes think I understand my situation and problems in life better than anyone. I may arrogantly refuse to listen to advice from others and even presume to think I know better than God. Needless to say, I am always proved wrong by Him. In the end, I am on my knees before God, asking for His forgiveness for my arrogant and sinful attitude.
Aren’t you the expert?
No. I am a sinner in desperate need for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to forgive me of my sins.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.