Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Simon Peter and his business partners were exhausted from a long, unsuccessful night of fishing. You can almost hear their groans when Jesus asked them to put their boats out a little from the shore so He could teach the crowds. The inward groaning turned to outward complaining when Jesus asked them to go into deep water and let down their nets.
Fishing in the Sea of Galilee was best in shallow waters at night. Jesus wanted them to go into the middle of the lake during the day. Peter said, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” Then he acquiesced, “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Jesus miraculously provided a catch so large that the nets began to break and the boats began to sink. There in the boat Peter realized that Jesus was no mere man. He fell to his knees and, waist deep in fish, said to Jesus, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” From that point on, Peter and his partners followed Jesus.
The closer we get to Jesus the more we see our sinfulness. When we see who He is we fall to our knees and acknowledge Him as Lord. Sometimes we are waist deep in our successes, accomplishments focused on the wrong things, or achievements that seem significant. Sometimes we fall waist deep in the mess we have made of our lives. But on our knees is the best place to recognize who Jesus really is. From our knees is the best place to follow Him.
Father, help me see Jesus for who He really is — my Savior and my Lord. Help me respond in worship to His person. Help me follow hard after Him. In His name. Amen.