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The catching of many fish is the next miracle in our series…This miracle is recorded for us in Luke 5:3-10

In the background of this miracle, we see our Lord sitting teaching a great crowd as He sits upon Peter’s ship that was sitting a short distance from shore. He, probably, did this to avoid being engulfed by the overwhelming mass of people.

Following His teaching, the Lord commands Peter to move the boat to deeper waters and drop down his net to so that he can catch fish.  Peter, a fisherman by trade, cast his net over the side of the boat wanting to be obedient to His Lord.  He had been fishing all night without catching a single fish.

Much to Peter’s surprise his catch of fish was so great that he had to have help from his partners, James and John, to pull in the net filling two boats.  An astonished Peter, when he realized his weak faith, makes the statement Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.In response his gracious Lord does not find fault, but calls the three men to the ministry of evangelization of the lost.

Many times, the Lord uses our secular labors and experiences to prepare us for a ministry that He desires for us to fulfill.  In this case, the Lord used the occupation of fishing to teach Peter, James and John very important lessons to be used in their upcoming ministry.  Here are two of the lessons they learned through this experience:

  1. When we are presenting the gospel message to the lost (through our actions and words) patience and consistency are necessary.  Peter and the others had fished all night without catching a single fish.  By patiently trying again, under the Lord’s direction, they began to see results from their labors.
  2. Most importantly, when they fished using their own efforts and abilities apart from Christ’s intervention they were unsuccessful.  But when the Lord intervened in the situation and worked on their behalf… it was ONLY then that they saw results.  Because of this we must always be in prayer for God’s grace to be shown to both those presenting the truth and those who are receiving the truth.  For without His intervention there can be no eternal gain.

Perhaps, you are currently in a situation that is preparing you for the Lord’s future use. Are you facing a difficulty that is requiring your patience?  Or perhaps, you are working with others who are mocking your stand for Christ.  Could it be the Lord is preparing you to be used in even greater ways?

By His grace, there will be greater opportunities to use this very lesson you are struggling to learn. 

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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8 Comments

  1. So timely for me! Thank you so much for posting!

  2. There is recently someone I opened up to in ‘blogosphere’ who for reasons that are quite complicated…but I said I was a Christian and found that my faith and the Grace of God only brought me through depression and many other traumas in my life…I normally if I don’t know where the person stands in faith (they come from a Jewish background) or if in this case they do not come from a Christian background will not ‘push’ or ingratiate my beliefs on them or their situation..but this person is at a crises point and nothing humanly possible is working for them…so I did step out in faith.. and say that perhaps they need to seek out God as they know him ….Could you pray that this young person will search their heart and cry out to God…(They answered me and said they didn’t know what they believed but if God wanted them they would think about it.)…….Diane

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Sounds as if the Lord is using you to be a great witness to others. We need ot be sure to be in prayer for the person you are witnessing to. Lord bless you!

  3. >> “An astonished Peter, when he realized his weak faith, makes the statement “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
    When I see HIM as He truly is, I see MYSELF as I truly am.
    I cannot fool God. He knows me – every tiny detail about me.

    By the same token, He knows me so well that He can use whichever of my attributes is necessary to do the task He has given. When I allow Him to control, He will produce results.

    What an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Angela, That is the two sides to Him kkinowing us so well. He knows our failures as well as our needs. He knows our motives as well as our actions. He knows our hearts better than we do! What a wonderful and sobering thought for us all. Rob

  4. Debbie says:

    Pastor Rob, I was really encouraged to think of what I was doing (and what I’m doing now) when I came to Jesus, and how He is using that and will yet use that. Like recycling us! 🙂 Nothing goes to waste with Him! God bless you as He works through you today!

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