Saturday, November 2, 2013

In My Business

Today I read in Luke 5:
 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and werewashing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying,“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
I love that the crowd was pressing in to hear the Word of God.  Am I? Do you?  I want to press in closely and really hear what Jesus is saying.
Simon is listening from his boat, finishing the work of the night.  
At some point, Jesus climbs aboard and tells Simon to go fishing again. 
 A carpenter telling a fisherman how to fish.  
I doubt that hit Simon well at first,
 but, as little as he knows Jesus at this point,
 he understands enough by now to take Jesus's word for things. 
The nets explode.
The catch is mind-blowing.
Simon Peter falls at the feet of Jesus at the sight of it.
I wonder want it was about this miracle, this moment that opened Peter's eyes to Christ's Lordship?
Luke says Jesus had been healing folks all over town by now.
Peter had, no doubt, seen that, 
or he wouldn't have paid any attention to Jesus and His fishing advice.
I wonder is it's not a questions of how many miracles but whose.
When the miracle was Peter's, it took his breath away.
Jesus took his breath away.
He saw his sin; he saw Jesus as Lord.
When Jesus messes with my life, I will see my sin and His perfection.  
I'll get that He's Lord.

1 comment:

  1. Amen to that. I pray that I'll let down the nets when He tells me to, and not think that I know better.
    Thank you.