Quiet Time Coaching Episode 496 | New Thing Series — Part 51 | “Peter’s Inadequacy” | Malcolm Cox

A new thing! I’m Malcolm Cox. Welcome to your daily devotional podcast anchored in Isaiah 43:19: ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’

We are currently looking at God doing a new thing in the life of the Apostle Peter. Today we explore Peter’s inadequacy.

“…they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.” (Luke 5:6-11 NRSV)

Peter’s Inadequacy

  • Peter the career fisherman has been upstaged by a carpenter
  • Experiencing the miracle reveals the limitations of his humanity
  • What is Peter sees sends him to his knees
  • Peter connects the presence of Jesus with his own sinfulness
  • An awareness of his unrighteousness leads to a desire for alone-ness

For Reflection
Think of something you are really good at. Now imagine someone who knows nothing about your area of expertise telling you how to do it. How would you feel? Jesus was no fisherman, and Peter was an expert. Fish in that part of the world were not caught in the daytime or in deep water. Jesus asked Peter to do something ridiculous.

Why do you think Peter did what Jesus asked? Do you think it might have had something to do with him sitting in the boat as Jesus taught (v3)? The nets began to break, and then Peter’s heart reached breaking-point (v8). What might be the connection between these two incidents? Once Jesus has reassured Peter he gives him a calling that Peter immediately takes up. Why do you think Peter did so without hesitation?

Peter and his companions “left everything” to follow Jesus. So did you when you made the decision to be a disciple. Do you still remember what you gave up? Why not write down the things you left behind? And why?

Why not take some time today to pray about what you’ve given up, including your own sense of inadequacy?

I hope you find your heart, your life, your congregation and your world inspired by God doing a new thing. Until tomorrow, take care, and God bless.

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