Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But 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 that they had taken

Luke 5:3-9


The word of God is like a diamond, it emits different light when we read from different angles.  When I first read this passage, I was surprised by the fish caught by this net just like Simon and his companions at the time.  According to the terminology of the Christian groups nowadays, this is undoubtedly a miracle. But here comes the question, Simon and his companions did not cheer for this miracle, nor did they thank and praise loudly.  Instead, Simon fell at the feet of the Lord Jesus. From Simon’s words, we heard trembling and regret.  Why did Simon ask the Lord Jesus to leave him? Luke did not clearly tell the readers.  We can only pray that the Holy Spirit Advocate will enlighten us and guide our thoughts.  I was thinking that Simon might have seen another "miracle".  Although he was a professional fisherman who had worked all night and got nothing, the Lord Jesus specifically got on his boat and specifically spoke to him and issued commands to him on this tiring and frustrating day. Luke did not tell the readers what Simon was thinking when he heard a layman instructed him to drop the net for fishing. However, we can see some clues from Simon’s subsequent change in addressing the Lord Jesus and his performance in front of the Lord Jesus.  Simon truly recognized the one in front of him. Not only could He let people catch a lot of fish, but He could also make a professional fisherman work all night for nothing! He takes charge of the breath of human life, He sees through people’s hearts and minds, everyone is naked and open before Him, and all pride and ugliness are invisible before Him. A person who really sees God and miracles is likely to act like Simon, who can be both surprised by the greatness and almightiness of God, and shocked in the holiness and perfection of God, making one feels ashamed and embarrassed.  “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”.


Dear Lord Jesus, although it seems that we have figured out some of Simon’s feelings at the time and we slowly understand his cry in front of you, I do not dare and do not want to have such prayers.  I just want to beg you, Lord, to give mercy and grace to your children and keep us from leaving you!  Lord, we like to see the miracle of nets full of fish from our natural instincts, but we often forget that you sometimes lift up our lives through all the difficulties in life. If it is out of your wisdom and good intention that we get nothing after working all night, may the Holy Spirit open our eyes and ears. Lord, no matter how many unknowns and challenges there will be tomorrow, we will not be afraid as long as we focus on following you. Pray that we will also become a vessel in your hand to "fish for people" after you "fish for us".
Rev. Jun Cai


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