One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around Him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked Him to put out a little from shore. Then He sat down and taught the people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signed their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him. (Luke 5:1-11, NIV)
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I love that we can see the inherent trustworthiness of Jesus in this simple story.
Jesus is teaching the people and comes across Simon Peter cleaning his nets after an uneventful night of fishing. This is not Jesus and Simon Peter’s first encounter, but this will prove to be the one that changes the course of Peter’s life.
I imagine Simon Peter is feeling numerous things at this point. He is probably tired from being up all night, upset that he didn’t catch one thing, and frustrated with himself.
Or possibly, he is doubting his ability as a fisherman, blaming his partners for their lack of success, or even wanting nothing more than to go home and forget about the terrible night he just had.
But then here comes Jesus. He just steps right on into Simon Peter’s boat. Without permission, He just climbs in and asks to be put out to sea a bit. Random. Out of nowhere.
But Peter complies. Here in his state of exhaustion, worry, and frustration, he still feels the compulsion of the Lord. They go out on the boat and Peter listens as Jesus teaches. “Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch.” Jesus said.
I’m sure upon this, there were a lot of excuses going through Peter’s brain. “I’ve already tried. It’s daylight now, the fish have gone. I’m not good enough to catch them. It’s just not going to work.”
Yet there is something about Jesus that makes him reply, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.”
He voices his concern but is compelled to continue in Jesus’ guidance.
The story continues like this “They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break...and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.”
Wow. Not at all what Peter was expecting when he tiredly rowed Jesus out that day. Two boats full of fish. More fruit for his labor than he ever could have thought. More fish than he had ever seen caught before. A miracle. An unexpected turn of events.
So Peter responds, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” And here is when Peter has an unexpected turn of heart. This simple act of catching fish in the most unlikely circumstance, opened Peter’s eyes to who Jesus is. Jesus is the One to make all things secure. The One that commands the seas and all that are in it. He is the orchestrator of life. Peter saw this and was humbled. He was not worthy of the fish, he was not even worthy of the attention of Jesus, but he had it. And it was almost too much to bare.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him.
Their whole lives changed. They tossed aside all they knew to follow a man who could call the fish from the sea. They could have just asked Jesus for this ability and become the wealthiest fishermen ever to live. They could have thought it was too good to be true and stayed. They could have been afraid; they could have thought their ways were better. Their minds could have created many excuses. But they didn’t.
Jesus didn’t just provide these men with enough fish to eat for a week. He didn’t just tell the fish to come and then leave Peter and the others there to celebrate. He gave them His attention. He met them in their need. He saw their capability and their potential. He gave them a call and asked them to trust. And they did. He started with fish and ended with life.
This miracle is about the transformative power of trusting Jesus. There is none we can rely on more than the Son of God.
When we face failure we can usually look at it from two sides. We can diminish who we have been made to be in Christ or we can cover up our hurt with pride and feel like we know the right answers and God doesn’t.
Peter could have easily stayed in his pity party. He could have easily told Jesus that he knew better, fish were not going to be caught during the day like that. We like to sit and think that no one can help us, that we are on our own. We like to act like we have it all together and deny our need. We like to be in control and push away a helping hand.
But Jesus can catch the fish. He can mend that relationship. He can provide food for the day. He can over come that addiction. He can heal that sickness. He can provide a new job. He can change the course of your life…when you trust Him.
He proves Himself trustworthy time and time again. Throughout scripture and throughout our lives. If you are having trouble trusting Him now, remind yourself of all the times He has come through in your past. Write it down. If you are so heartbroken and weary that you can’t see His evidence, ask a friend to point it out to you. Look for His work. Look for His fish. Look for His calling.
Even though we doubt, even though we may have every excuse to not do something. Even though we don’t believe in a favorable outcome. Even though we don’t feel capable.
For Jesus is. Today, may we trust Him. May we row Him out to sea with us and see what miracles will happen.
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