Bible Reference: Luke 5:5; 8-9;
Translation: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
Bible Text: 5 Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish and caught nothing. But you say I should put the nets into the water, so I will.”
8-9 The fishermen were all amazed at the many fish they caught. When Simon Peter saw this, he bowed down before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!”10 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed too. (James and John worked together with Simon.) Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on your work will be to bring in people, not fish!”
OBSERVATION: Simon Peter, James and John were all great fishermen, so to have a man walk along the shoreline and suggest that they go and toss their nets into the lake again, must have really come as a shock to them. But there must have been a mutual respect between them and Jesus, seeing that He was there to invite them to be disciples, and that they trusted Him enough to repeat an action they had already tried in vain all night. I wonder how we would recognize our Lord?
APPLICATION: For those of us that have grown up in church, I’m sure that this is a very familiar story to us. However, what I hope that each of my readers and I would gain from meditating on the Word of God, is that our Lord might become alive to us in a fresh new way today, for I believe what we learn through the power of the Holy Spirit, is intended for our edification today, and for a fresh application today. No I have no idea what you have planned today, nor what God has planned for you, but I believe the Word of God is alive today, and I know that our God has a plan for your life today, just as He did when He greeted Peter, James and John on that Galilean shoreline in our story. You see, we should be reminded that there was no accident in Jesus meeting Peter, James and John that day, for I’m sure that He already knew who His disciples would be. He just needed to convince these men that they were to drop what they were doing and follow Him as He ministered in their neighborhood. I believe that although the Holy Spirit had already been working in the hearts of these fishermen, Jesus wanted this to be a voluntary thing on their behalf. So this led to the miracle relayed in our Scripture today. It was something they related to, and something they knew could only result from a miracle of God. So thousands of years later, I want us to be obedient to the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to show us why this story was included in God’s Word, and how it might be applied to our situation today. I believe that God has much more to do on this earth, and when we look around us at the number of people who have chosen to ignore the Gospel, I believe we might quickly assume that I am referring to the work that we wish God would do in our particular realm of influence. While I know that God has the power, and that He will continue to deal in the hearts of our family and friends, I believe that He would just as soon use His earthly servants, you and I, to influence the lost and encourage those that we rub shoulders with every day. But are we willing to seek His face, recognize Him, and to drop everything to follow Him in obedience? Are we moldable, or are we too set in our own ways? Can we look beyond our own prejudices, and outside the box of our own abilities, to humbly let God do His miraculous work in every circumstance of life? Are you alert to the needs and circumstances of life around you, that You would recognize Jesus when He instructs you to make a move in His direction?
PRAYER: Thank You Lord for reminding us of the value You saw in Peter, James and John. Thank You for their obedience, and for their willingness to drop everything to follow You. Lord, I believe that You can, and will do this again – call the undeserved, the weak, the insignificant (in the eyes of this world), and that You will use even us, to reach the lost of our communities and those in our circle of influence. Please begin that work in me Lord, and for all readers who will commit, please also touch their lives and use them powerfully. AMEN!