When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
Picture this whole scene, Peter and the guys pulling in the net, fish flopping all over the boat, water beginning to come in over the sides, and there stands Jesus. He has a look that says, “Told you so, you should have let down more nets.” Peter falls down at His knees, “Depart from me, I’m a sinful man, O Lord.” Peter’s obedience, as small as it was, caused him to see Jesus for who He was, God in the flesh, and himself for who he was, a sinner.
I tell you, that is a wonderful place to find yourself, because when you do, your are truly in a place where God can use your life. When we find ourselves humbled in the presence of God, the door is open for the Lord to mold us and shape us into the people He wants us to be. James said it best, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10). There is great grace in that place of humility.
Pastor Doug Hardin