Updated: Nov 10
One day Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, looking at the four tired fishermen washing their nets. They were working all night trying to catch fish and caught nothing. Their two boats were left on the side of the lake while they were finishing a fruitless night's work. The crowd of people were pressing in around Jesus for attention. Then Jesus climbed into Peter's boat and asked him to put out a little from the land. Jesus sat down and started to teach the multitudes from the boat.
Eventually Jesus stopped speaking. Then He said to Simon Peter: Go into the deep sea and let down your nets for a catch. This is where a surprised Peter answered Jesus : Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled 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. 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 which they had taken... Luke 5:1-9 NKJV
Do you feel like you're working very hard and getting nowhere?
These four disciples toiled all night and caught nothing. They were tired and weary. I think one of the things that makes anyone extra tired is working very hard and getting no results at all. And sometimes this is followed up by maybe trying again and again but after a few tries the motivation is going downhill too. To these four disciples that was the moment when Jesus stepped into their boat.
The disciples just finished washing and preparing their nets for the next night's work. Tired and ready to go home with nothing to show for a whole night's labour, Peter heard Jesus saying: "let's go fishing!' What?! Did he hear right? But Peter responded like this: Master! (According to the Companion Bible commentary, the word Master is implying knowledge and greater authority than Rabbi or teacher. ) Although Peter knew hé was the fisherman here, he recognized Jesus as the higher authority above him. He then went on to say that he worked all night and caught nothing- what's the use of trying one more time? But looking at Jesus in sitting in his boat he said the most powerful words: nevertheless, at Your Word I will let down the net. When you toiled and tried everything in your own power and nothing worked and you're tired a