5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 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.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 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. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
This is a freakish event. Simon and his companions had had no luck all night, and then one word from Jesus and they haul in an “astonishing” catch of fish. From a night of nothing comes a morning of abundance. How quickly things can change when Jesus intervenes and speaks.
This inspires me to seek the voice of Jesus. To seek out His word for my life. For Jesus’ voice is the loving voice of conviction. Or the clarifying voice of direction. Or the decisive voice of obedience. How I need His voice!
Simon didn’t even think He needed the voice of Jesus for his life. But one word from Jesus, one astonishing catch of fish, and Simon has transformed from a fisherman to an evangelist. Do I expect the voice of Jesus to change my circumstances and my life-direction like this? I need to – because that’s the power and authority of the voice of my King.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh