If you’ve ever had a really bad day at work (which includes everyone), then you know how Peter felt. The disciples had fished all night with nothing to show for it. These men weren’t just weekend warriors with nice rods and bass boats. They were commercial fishermen, rugged men of the sea, who came to expect a bounty in their nets every time they went out.
Perhaps this is why Peter was probably a little frustrated when Jesus started offering suggestions. Peter trusted God to handle the big stuff like salvation, miracles, and raising the dead. But what did Jesus know about Peter’s job? What did Jesus care? Couldn’t He leave this little corner of Peter’s life alone?
But Jesus loved Peter too much to leave this corner of his life alone. Jesus really did care about Peter’s job. He wanted him to succeed. More importantly, Christ wanted to make a powerful statement to the fisherman that day. The God of the universe, who created the fish and the sea, was in control of all of life, even Peter’s job. What’s more, Peter needed God to succeed, even in the areas of life where he thought he had mastery.
How about you and your job? Have you surrendered it to the Lord or is there one area where you just feel that you know best? But what can Christ do in my workplace? Doesn’t he know how business works?
The Lesson of the Sea is that Christ is here to guide us in all areas of life. By trusting Him, we can see Him work miracles, even in our place of business.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.