What I Read Today:
Galatians 4; Luke 5; Ezekiel 35; Ecclesiastes 4; 1 Kings 11
Luke 5:8-10, “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’s knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners.”
“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people.” CSB
Why is it that it sometimes takes a slap upside the head to get our attention? By this point in Jesus’ ministry, Peter had either witnessed or heard of Jesus healing people. Yet, for some reason, it didn’t sink in. He had missed the bigger picture.
Now sitting on this boat and catching nothing all night, depressed and upset, he hears Jesus say, “try one more time.” Shaking his head, he drops the Net, thinking, “No way this works out.” Suddenly, the Net heads straight to the bottom of the sea. It’s filled with fish.
At that moment, Peter realizes he is in the presence of something different. Jesus isn’t some sort of healer or great teacher. No, Jesus is the Messiah. In a moment, Peter feels the weight of all the sins he’s committed. Peter realizes his unworthiness. He feels every ounce of guilt and shame.
Jesus turns to him and smiles. Get up; now, you’re going to help me catch people.
When Peter realized his unworthiness, Jesus immediately sprang into action. Our God waits for us to recognize that we are totally dependent on him. At that moment, when we release our pride and submit to God, then God can indeed do great things through you and me.