Luke 5: 1-9: I love how Peter followed Jesus’ instructions. He said (Okay, because you say so). Peter and his partners had been fishing all night they were expert fishermen. I really like How Peter said Jesus- We have been fishing all night – but because you say so I will do as you tell me. I like it for a few reasons. One of those being it lets me know it is okay to discuss things with God. He says do this and it is okay to say Hey but God … Here is the important part- AS LONG AS I FOLLOW HIS DIRECTIONS. God is omnipresent, and all knowing. He is wiser than I am. He knows what needs to be done and how to do it in order to be successful. I really love that I can discuss it with him, because it helps me wrap my head around whatever it is he is telling me to do. Then at the end Peter tells Jesus that he, Peter, is unworthy to be near Jesus. How often I have felt unworthy to do anything for the Lord’s Kingdom. But that is just it, God sees the end, whereas we see the pre-game. We see only how it looks to be in the planning stage. We like to say I can’t, I am not worthy- all the things Peter said. Meaning I am not odd. I am not completely insane or not following God. I am just like Peter – human- unworthy- yet will to be a vessel for God’s Kingdom.
1Now it happened that while Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee), with the people crowding all around Him and listening to the word of God; 2 that He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little distance from the shore. And He sat down and began teaching the crowds from the boat. 4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch [of fish].” 5 Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing [in our nets], but at Your word I will [do as you say and] lower the nets [again].” 6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets were [at the point of] breaking; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats [with fish], so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, and “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all his companions were completely astounded at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners.