Scriptures: Luke 5:1-11
Over the years we often hear people say: "But I live in the real world." Some of these people love God, but struggle with things they that do not understand.
Peter was a man who thought like that: "But I live in the real world!" He loved God, but God was not his main focus. He had to make a living, he lived in the real world. He had heard Jesus teach and saw Him heal his mother-in-law, but survival remained on Peter's own shoulders. Jesus chose Peter as a special project: so Jesus shows up at Peter's work. Jesus teaches at the very location where Peter has a boat, this was no coincidence. The working man had empty nets.
Jesus tells Peter to head out to deep water and let down his clean nets. Fishermen do not fish in deep water in the middle of the day: these instructions did not fit in Peter's real world picture. For Peter work is starting all over again and it does not fit with his understanding, but what happens? The water starts to boils with fish and he needs another boat.
Great things can happen to everyday people: before this moment in Peter's life he had placed God in the distance. When he heeded divine distraction he experienced the extraordinary. Even people who have doubts, fear and realize their lives need improvement can experience miracles! Miracles can happen to people who have trouble with faith.
Peter doubted Jesus because Peter lived in the real world. There are times when we know what God wants us to do, but we think it will not work. We become consumed with the demands of life, but we must take God at His Word. Can Jesus show up at your work or school? Will you do what He asks you to do, even if it does not fit you real world understanding? Jesus is waiting for your response!