“You say to do it, so I will.” ~Peter

Hello! Today I read Hosea 8-10, Proverbs 12, Luke 5, and Psalm 39.

Psalm 39 is from David, and he is angry and speaks through his anger. To me it is a strange prayer and David wavers from one thing to another while he is talking with God. Again it shows his close personal relationship with God.

In Luke, I read about how Jesus first met a few of his future disciples. He got into Peter’s boat and spoke to the crowds from it. Peter had been fishing all night without any luck, so I imagine he was tired and done for the day. After Jesus finished with the crowd he tells Peter to go out and drop his nets. I like what Peter says in 5:5, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, and we caught nothing. But you say to put the nets in the water, so I will.” And he does. What is cool about this is he does what Jesus says even when it doesn’t make sense to him. (This reminds me of the Proverbs that tell us to lean not on our own understanding but follow God’s ways. We can’t see the big picture.) Even cooler is the fact that he isn’t a follower yet. Maybe this was a test of his character? Anyway, he ends up catching so much fish he calls his other boat to come to him and both boats get filled up with fish! All the men are amazed, but Peter bows down before Jesus and says in verse 8, “Go away from me, Lord, I am a sinful man!” Jesus recognizes that they are a bit afraid of what happened, he tells them not to be afraid and tells them to join him. It says they left everything and followed Jesus. So that means they left 2 boats full of fish, after fishing all night and getting nothing. The miracle they witnessed touched them so deeply they changed their entire thinking from working as fishermen, to following this master fisherman. That is a really big deal. It is so easy to read over it and not realize the impact here.

And we know what happens in the future with Peter. He goes from telling Jesus to get away from him because he is a sinful man to becoming one of the key players in spreading the word about Jesus.