1 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 were washing 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. ~ Luke 5:1-11

Simon had come in from fishing was washing his nets. He hadn’t caught any fish, and a stranger steps into his boat and starts preaching. When He’s done preaching, He tells Simon to go out and lower his nets into the deep. Imagine you were out fishing all night, never caught anything, then this man gets into your boat starts preaching, then tells you to go fishing again. Would you listen to Him? Would you do what He tells you to do?

Before Jesus was even established as Savior or Christ, Simon knew there was something different about Him. So, Simon did as Jesus asked Him. It may not have made sense to him, but because Jesus asked him, he did it and received a greater reward than he could have ever imagined.

How often does God tell us to do something, and we respond with ‘we’ve already done that, and it didn’t work.’ We forget that without God, things may not work, but as soon as God steps into the picture, the miraculous happens. We can have confidence that God will not let us down. We can have confidence that God will not fail us. We can have confidence that God will not lead us astray.

Faith is believing and doing the miraculous. It’s by faith that miracles happen. It’s by faith that strongholds are broken. It’s by faith that the impossible is possible. It’s by faith that we are saved. Before Simon knew that Jesus was even the Messiah, he had faith that Jesus was more than just some nut preaching on his boat. Two thousand years later, we have the stories, the scriptures, the documentation, but do we have the faith? I guess it’s up to each of us to decide.

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