Luke 5:1-11 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, WE HAVE TOILED ALL THE NIGHT AND HAVE TAKEN NOTHING: NEVERTHELESS AT THY WORD I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
There is never a miracle of God’s power without us giving Him obedience. The time of that call for obedience and the time for our miracle is often when “nothing” is going on that looks favorable. Like Peter in his toiling all night to catch fish but had taken NOTHING. We must realize that while NOTHING good going on that we can see usually stops us, or when NOTHING is working for us, it does not stop God. God hangs the earth upon “NOTHING.” Job 26:7 says, “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” The women with the issue of blood who had suffered many things of many physicians and spent all of her money she was NOTHING better but rather grew worse didn’t stop Jesus and the healing power of God from making her whole (Mark 5:25-34).
Here in Luke 5:1-11, Peter obeyed God’s Word or command and did not let “NOTHING” working in his circumstances stop his obedience. As a result:
1. He got his boat back.
2. He got a net breaking/boat sinking load of fish
3. He got a revelation of Jesus. Jesus is Lord over natural creation (He made the fish strike the net they could see in the day time. At night when fish cannot see the net is when they fish).
4. He got a revelation of himself.
5. He got a new destiny and purpose (a fisher of men).