“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. (Luke 5:8)”
We are familiar with this story – Simon Peter, a fisherman who returned with no catch for the night was asked by Jesus to cast the nets on the opposite side of his boat and when Peter obeyed, he got a boat-sinking, net-breaking load of fish.
This intriguing story speaks of nothing short of a miracle. Firstly, what difference does it make if you throw the net on one side of the boat as compared to the other? Fish are constantly moving in the water! Secondly, Peter was a fisherman who had probably spent about two decades (assuming he was around Jesus’ age of 30) in fishing. In the natural, Jesus was a carpenter’s son and would have been better at advising Peter on sawing and buffing wood for a new dinner table.
The unrenewed mind can dismiss the Word of God by attributing natural cause-and-effect explanations. That was why when Peter saw the abundant load after he obeyed, he fell at Jesus’ knees and repented.
We can sometimes be just like Peter and think we know better – “rebutting” God with our “expertise” when asked to do things in a different manner. This may well be the very thing that is preventing us from experiencing a whole new dimension of breakthroughs. What “other side” of our “boats” has God called us to act on and how are we responding to His Word for that season?