The Creature and the Creator

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The Creature and the Creator
The familiar story of the Apostle Peter in Luke 5:1-11 is another powerful illustration of the creature's awe in the Creator's presence. Jesus was using Peter's boat as the place from which to teach the people crowding around him on the shore. When Jesus finished, he told Peter to move out into deep water and let down his nets.
 
Peter and his partners have been up all night fishing and had caught absolutely nothing, so they weren't at all eager to launch out again. In fact, they were already washing their nets when Jesus got into their boat. You can almost hear the sarcasm and resignation in Peter's voice, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets". In addition to being tired and discouraged from their fruitless night's work, perhaps Peter was a bit peeved that this carpenter turned teacher would presume to tell him where and when to fish. He knew the worst time for fishing was when the sun was shining on the water. But perhaps to humor Jesus, Peter did as he was instructed.
 
You know what happened. They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break, and their boats began to sink. What was Peter's reaction? Was he elated at such a monumental catch of fish? Did he immediately try to recruit Jesus as a new partner and fishing guide? Instead of elation there was fear. Instead of trying to recruit Jesus, Peter fell at his feet and said, "Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man".*
 
This revelation of Jesus' power over fish in the lake spoke to him in a special way, because it was the field of his own trade. He knew how humanly impossible it was to catch fish during these daylight hours. That's why he fell down before Jesus. Peter was awestruck to realize that he was in God's very presence. Note that Jesus said nothing about Peter's sin. Everything was positive. In their nets Peter could see what must have been the equivalent of what it took days or weeks to catch. He should have been excited and rejoicing except for the one thing, he now saw who Jesus really was!
 
It was the reaction of the creature to his Creator. It was the profound awe of recognizing the vast difference between himself and the infinite, eternal God.
 
Oh Lord, I know that no one is like you. You made the very fish that Peter caught that day on the lake. You made the heavens and earth by your power. Nothing is too hard for you.
 
Praise be to the Lord God, praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Psalm 72:18-19
 
For the earth will be filled the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
 
 
*I Give You Glory, O God by Jerry Bridges.
In I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship Trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him.
 
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