As part of our discussion in our book study of “What Women Fear” by Angie Smith, we marveled at Simon Peter’s obedience. Read Luke 5:1-11. Simon was a fisherman by trade. One of the disciples whom we believe was married (as scripture talks about his mother-in-law). He was older than most. He was experienced at his trade. He’d been fishing all night and not caught a thing. So when Jesus said, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Peter’s first reaction was to fill Jesus in on what he knew. Aren’t we all the same! Jesus asks us, and commands us, to do something, and our first response is to tell Him all we know about the situation as if somehow we know better. But what Peter did next was golden. He obeyed beyond his knowledge. He took a step of faith because he believed in Jesus and trusted that He had a purpose in His asking.
So often we put our limitations on our unlimited God.
I can imagine Peter thinking, “Um, Jesus, you catch fish in shallow water with nets, not deep water.” But he didn’t say it. He obeyed. Maybe he was just too tired after working all night to argue with Him. Maybe after just hearing Jesus speak the Word of God to the people, his faith had increased. I don’t know why Simon Peter obeyed, I just know that he did.
Jesus asked him to do something that went against what Peter knew as truth. He challenged his experience and Peter humbled himself enough to take the challenge. The outcome was astounding; breaking nets, extra help needed, sinking boats, and a clear picture of who Peter was in light of who Jesus is – a sinner and His savior.
Simon hadn’t gone looking for Jesus. He was just doing his normal, daily work when Jesus asked to use his boat to speak to the crowd of people who had gathered there to hear the word of God. A lucky bystander? I think not. There were other boats to choose from. But Peter’s heart was ready and willing and humble.
“Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. Luke 5:10-11
I pray that as I am going about my daily tasks that I also remain ready and willing and humble. Humble enough to be used by God and to obey beyond my knowledge. Lord help me have wisdom to see where You are working so that I may follow after You alone. Amen.
Follow Him into the deep water and let down your nets. Be encouraged. Press on.