When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:4-5)
God puts desires in our hearts that relate to works he wants us to accomplish. For me it’s writing a novel, writing a book with devotions that teaches the Bible, picture books that teach children how to read, and perhaps a new curriculum for elementary students. I’ve had times of discouragement when I say, “Master, I’m not a writer or a teacher, but because you say so, I will try.” God likes it when we tell him our feelings and when we’re willing to do his works.
Simon Peter is tired and discouraged. He and his brother, Andrew, have been fishing all night and haven’t caught anything, and they have almost finished cleaning the nets when Jesus tells Simon to let them down again. The Gospel of John tells us Simon Peter and Andrew had previously spent a day with Jesus, so Simon already has faith and has no problem telling Jesus, “because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
Luke paints a picture of Simon Peter. He is faithful, but always reveals what’s on his mind. Because he is a strong personality, he will be the leader of the twelve disciples. Although John will become Jesus’ closest friend, Simon Peter and John’s brother, James, are the three that spend the most time with Jesus. When Simon says, “we’ve worked hard all night,” he’s talking about himself and Andrew. We know Andrew is present because the Gospel of Matthew tells us Andrew was also in the boat with Simon. Perhaps Luke doesn’t mention Andrew because he’s letting us know Andrew is overshadowed by his brother’s strong personality.
Father, God, help us to discern the desires you have placed in our hearts. Let us always express our feelings in prayer and be willing to do the works you have given us. Amen.