Luke 5:1-7 (NLT)
One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee,[a] great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon,[b] its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” 5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
Last week we examined how Mordecai and Esther were both spiritually prepared. This week we will dive into Peter and see if he was spiritually prepared or unprepared.
Consider the following:
Today’s story is found in a few books of the New Testament; however, we are examining this story from the Gospel according to Luke. In this story, Simon Peter, a fisherman was out with his colleagues trying to catch some fish. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful. OH BUT, Jesus was on the scene! When Jesus is on the scene you know there will be a shifting. We see in the first part of verse five that Simon Peter informed Jesus that he had been working hard but had no results, as if Jesus did not know that. How many of us live a Master, I already been there and done that type of life? Lord, I’ve tried asking for forgiveness, Lord I’ve tried managing my money, Lord I’ve tried to eat and exercise, Lord I’ve tried praying for my child, Lord, I’ve tried this and that, and then you stop there?! Today, I encourage you to elevate your thinking and live a “BUT if you say so” lifestyle. We see that yes indeed Simon Peter was spiritually prepared. He initially answered with his human experience but responded with his spirit of faith! Lord, I’ve been denied for a loan three times but if you say go, I’ll go. Lord, I’ve had my heart broken several times, but if you say love, I’ll love. Lord, I’ve been to rehab twice, but if you say I can break my addiction, I’ll go again. Lord, cancer is back, but if you say live, I will live! Lord, today, I pray for a Simon Peter spirit, “But if you say so!”