If You Say So
“When he (Jesus) had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.’ ‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.’” (Luke 5:4-5)
“If you say so.” Today this phrase is most accurately described as: “sarcasm in the form of insincere agreement.” Someone offers a differing opinion than your own, and this phrase is a soft, albeit rude, way to end the conversation. You haven’t changed your mind—you’re going to change theirs, and you don’t want to talk about it anymore. That’s not at all what Peter is saying to Jesus.
The original Greek is ἐπὶτῷῥήματί, which means “at Thy word.” Peter is recognizing that Jesus’ words have authority. You might have someone in your life that, if they told you something, you would completely trust them at their word—that’s the trust that Peter is demonstrating here. (Peter does this again when he asks Jesus to call him out onto the water.)
“And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, ‘Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.’ For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
“Jesus replied to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!’ And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.” (Luke 5:6-11)
Peter took Jesus at His word. Even though he thought he knew better, he did what Jesus told him to do anyway and in doing so, Peter received the miracle Jesus had for him. Peter expected nothing and Jesus gave him more than his boat could hold. Perhaps Jesus has a blessing for you that is more than your boat can hold, you just need to trust him and take him at His word. You may think you know better, but trust what Jesus says anyway. Let’s have more of an “if you say so” attitude and let’s take Jesus at His word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.