Each one of us have had moments when we needed a miracle, whether it is a physical need, a financial need, or some other crisis we are facing. Each of us has experienced a time where we have needed God to do something that we cannot do for ourselves. When God does something beyond our ability, that is what we call a miracle. In the Bible Simon found himself in that position one morning, and Jesus was right there to provide the miracle he needed:
“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake Gennesaret, and He saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.”
The fact that one of the boats belonged to Simon, was only a mere coincidence – a mere divine coincidence!
“Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.”
By speaking from the boat, Jesus was able to keep Himself from the press of the crowds. His voice also carried very well across the water, as He taught the Word of God.
“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch’ ” (see Luke 5:1-4 NKJV).
Now you need to understand that Jesus never did anything out of mere happenstance. He only did those things that the Father showed Him. In regard to this He said:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel” (John 5:19-20 NKJV).
When Jesus told Simon to launch out into the deep, He was only doing exactly what the Father had shown Him to do.
Simon responded to His request in dismay:
“But Simon answered and said to Him, ‘Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing.’ “
However, at that moment he made a decision in his heart to do what Jesus had told him to do, in spite of the fact it made no sense to his mind at all. So he said:
“Nevertheless at your word I will let down the net” (see Luke 5:5 NKJV).
It is at this point in the story that we need to realize that, if Peter had been able to catch the fish without God’s help, he wouldn’t have needed a miracle. However, Peter had toiled all night and had caught nothing. In the same way, if we have done everything in our own power to solve the problem, and we have come to the end of our own resources, then it is time for God to perform a miracle for us.
Simon found himself in that position. He had to put all of his past failures behind him, and simply act on God’s word, spoken from the mouth of Jesus:
“And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink” (Luke 5:6-7 NKJV).
Think about this: God gave him a net-breaking, boat-sinking miracle! That is the kind of miracle we often need in our lives, don’t you agree? If we purpose in our hearts to put all of our past failures behind us, and act on the Word of God afresh, then we can also receive the miracle we need from God.
Of course, there are times we have to first repent of our past attitudes, and seek the face of God to help us make that step of faith. If we determine in our hearts press into God’s presence and receive our miracle, it will come to pass, and God will get the glory for it. When we know that only God could have helped us get out of the mess we were in, we have no choice but to give Him all the glory for it.
Simon was greatly moved by the sight of the miracle he received:
“When Simon saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken” (Luke 5:8-9 NKJV).
This miracle was a life changing experience for Simon. From that day forward he followed Jesus and devoted his life to Him. We need to respond to God’s miracles in the same way. We also need to be careful not to take any miracle we receive for granted, but to devote ourselves completely to God. As a result we will start to see a continual stream of miracles come our way, for that is the kind of God we serve.
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]