One day Jesus was standing beside Lake Gennesaret when the crowd pressed in around him to hear God’s word. Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets. Jesus boarded one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, then asked him to row out a little distance from the shore. Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he finished speaking to the crowds, he said to Simon,“Row out farther, into the deep water, and drop your nets for a catch.”
Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I’ll drop the nets.”
So they dropped the nets and their catch was so huge that their nets were splitting. They signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats so full that they were about to sink. When Simon Peter saw the catch, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Leave me, Lord, for I’m a sinner!” Peter and those with him were overcome with amazement because of the number of fish they caught. James and John, Zebedee’s sons, were Simon’s partners and they were amazed too.
Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.” As soon as they brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Questions to Ponder:
Have you ever given up hope, toiling with immense effort, and found after making one last try that a tremendous blessing came into your life? When you are weary from the demands of your life, do you find yourself too overwhelmed to ask for the Lord’s help? When you rely on your faith, do you feel the “weight of the world” fall away from your shoulders?
Prayer for Today:
Loving and gracious God, please forgive me for the times when I fail to recognize Your ever-sustaining presence. Help me to remember that You are a constant light and You bless my every step. Thank You for Your nearness that protects and uplifts me each day. Amen.