“But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”” (NKJV)
Peter had not become one of Jesus’ disciples yet. This is, in fact, his first encounter with the new Preacher, who was hitting headlines for the last couple of days. Jesus had chosen Peter’s boat out of the two at the shore – “Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land.” (Luke 5:3). Jesus taught the people from that boat (Luke 5:4ff). After that, Jesus asks Peter to “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (vs. 4)
Peter was an experienced fisherman. This was his bread and butter or fish and chips, if you like. He was washing his nets and preparing them for the next day. He should have been tired. Up all night, trying to catch some fish, washing the nets. Peter was supposed to have been resting after his hard work. Then this guy called Jesus uses his boat to talk to the crowd. Not a good sign.
But something happens between verse 3 and 5. We are only told, “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”” So that means Peter lingered around to hear what Jesus was saying. He was there when Jesus stopped talking. He may have been impressed by what he heard. Jesus’ teachings were different. Peter was influenced.
It shows in his response to Jesus. But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” Peter addressed Jesus as Master. He explained his situation. Peter told Jesus, “Look I am an experienced fisherman and tried all night and didn’t catch anything. I don’t think there is any chance we can get anything now.”
But Peter does not stop there. He continues, “nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” He is saying, “I have been cleaning these nets and I need them for the next day’s catch. But at Your word, I will make them messy again.” Peter believed Jesus’ words more than his own experience. Peter changed his plans at Jesus’ word. Peter did not bother about his exhaustion and fatigue. He set out at Jesus’ word.
Would you react in the same way? When you are discouraged by life’s circumstances? When things don’t go as you planned? In the midst of all that chaos, when you are tired, if Jesus asks you, “Let down your nets”, what are you going to do?
Pray in your own words: Tell Him you want to obey Him in everything. Listen to what He wants to tell you.
Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 49-50 (Old Testament), Matthew 13: 31- 58 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
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