Luke 5:4, “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
I love good surprises especially from God. I remember when Pastor Phil was getting engaged, he brought now his wife onto a hill surprised her there real good with an engagement ring. Tears of joy ran down her cheeks, what a surprise. Wives, remember when your husband proposed? some of you had no clue it was coming or if you did, you couldn’t tell when. When he did, you just fell apart, no words to say but shed tears of joy. We all love good surprises for they are things we don’t expect or if we expect them, we do not know when they will drop.
Peter was surprised real good at one point in his life. As a professional fisherman, he would go out with other fishermen to fish at night and have fish by morning for the market. One day, they tried fishing all night but caught no fish. In the cold, very dark, maybe windy, exhausting night, all they went through the night was rewarded by the catch in the morning. On this morning, there was no pay for the hard work. There were people waiting for fish in the market, but no fish. Here comes Jesus, unexpected by Peter. I’m not sure if he knew who Jesus was. He may have heard about Him. Jesus comes by the lake with a great multitude. To Peter, these could have been potential customers. On this day, more consumers but no products. Peter and the rest went to wash their nets, maybe thinking of how great it could have been selling fish to the new customers. All they knew to do could not yield any fruit that morning. Someone once said that our God is the God of 11:59, He surprises you when you least expect Him. Over the years, God has surprised me real good and I was left stunned and over joyed.
He might have not known Jesus but I believe Jesus was there to surprise Peter. Yes He taught multitudes but greater miracle was to be recorded when He met Peter and the miracle was for a greater purpose. After teaching which is putting the kingdom of God first, He tells Peter, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”. Peter perhaps would have said something like this, “Let me tell you something Teacher, we fish at night the time fish is available, already we have tried but nothing happened and by the way, we are professional fishermen while you are a teacher, what would you know about fishing?” Why try to fish in the hour no one expects to get a catch? That could have been Peter’s thought but listen to his response in vs. 5, “But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” “ I have done the best I could thorough ideas, expertise I mean everything but You are the author of all things, I will cast my faith in that situation again despite what my logic mind tells me. It doesn’t make sense but “I will not lean on my own understanding”, Proverbs 3:5.
What has failed in the natural, God can accomplish it in the supernatural, we can see this with God showing Jeremiah what He can do with marred clay. Jeremiah 18:4, “…so He made it (marred clay) again into another vessel (means)“. It failed you? it will not fail Him. It got broken? He can fix it. He made “IT” the same thing, “AGAIN” one more time “ANOTHER”, what you were not expecting. vs. 6, “And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking”. His greatest catch in history, Jesus surprised him real good simply because that was his time. He did not deserve it, he wasn’t looking for it, he didn’t expect it but Jesus knew He needed that surprise cause from that day his life was changed, never to be the same again. It was about taking the Lord at His word and knowing the miracle was not about fish but what He will make him to be, fisher’s of men. Are you opened to surprise the Lord may bring your way? I recently had a chance to evangelize a guy I had been praying for opportunity to share with. It came at a time I least expected it (surprised) and what a joy it was. Lord surprise us today as you have appointed this day just to be our time to show Yourself great to those you love. Blessings Ev