«And they left their nets at once and followed him» (Matthew 4:20).
Night has ended. Jesus wants to be alone a little longer, but people begin to arrive. Nobody knows what will happen that day.
At least Peter doesn’t know. He’s sad and worried. Not only have his fishing nets failed him, but this time also the self-control he skillfully masters. John the Baptist is in prison; Jesus is rejected wherever He goes. What will become of his life?
«Beside the throng on the shores of Gennesaret, Jesus in His sermon by the sea had other audiences before His mind. Looking down the ages, He saw His faithful ones in prison and judgment hall, in temptation and loneliness and affliction. Every scene of joy and conflict and perplexity was open before Him. In the words spoken to those gathered about Him, He was speaking also to these other souls the very words that would come to them as a message of hope in trial, of comfort in sorrow, and heavenly light in darkness. Through the Holy Spirit, that voice which was speaking from the fisherman’s boat on the Sea of Galilee, would be heard speaking peace to human hearts to the close of time» (The Desire of Ages, ch. 25, p. 245).
Jesus was thinking of the whole multitude, but at the same time was aware of Peter.
I don’t know if anyone has ever given you an order that you knew would be useless and, out of respect and love, you obeyed anyhow. That’s what happened with Peter. There weren’t many chances of catching anything at that time. But by obeying, Peter realized Jesus had all nature under His control
Clinging to his Master’s feet, Peter told Him to leave him because he was a sinful man. We should experience that same dichotomy more often: being aware of who we are, who God is and, in spite of it—or precisely because of it—, cling to Him forever.
«It is Satan’s work to discourage the soul; it is Christ’s work to inspire with faith and hope» (ibid, p. 249).
Night has ended.
A new day has begun and there are situations you’ll face that seem more foreboding than ever.
It’s time to let Him act.
I encourage you to download a picture of the Sea of Galilee on your cell phone and look at it throughout the day to remember that Jesus is ready to perform miracles in your life and make you a fisher of men.