“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.'”
How often do you find yourself feeling just like Peter in this passage? Have you found yourself exhausted, having tried everything, and the Lord says, “Keep trying”? Keep working at the job you hate. Keep going to the church small group you feel like you don’t fit in. Keep loving that person who treats you cruelly. Keep waiting for direction. Keep praising me through your health problems. Do it again. Try it with me. Let down your nets!
Is He telling you that right now in your life? Because He told Peter to do it again, and how did Peter respond?
Peter’s a little bit tired, grouchy, and apprehensive. He feels the need to mention to Jesus that he has been doing just that all night without success. BUT…. BUT! And this but is big for you and I. Peter chooses to listen and obey.
I don’t think it’s wrong to doubt and struggle when God asks you to do something. In fact, in many ways, I think it shows your true faith. That despite the fact you’ve been trying without visible success or fruit, you still obey. Even though you feel like there is no hope, no chance of change, you obey.
Peter may have obeyed simply to be nice, or because others were watching, or maybe because he thought, “To heck with it… I might as well try!” The thing is Peter didn’t know Jesus’ character yet, so his obedience was done out of flesh.
We have it so much better because we can obey out of love and faith in God’s character. We know He’s a God who comes through and honestly I think He loves it when we obey with apprehension because He is able to shock us and delight us when He does His miracle in our life.