Read Luke 5:5 again.
Maybe you have experienced the same thing, disappointment.
Just like those fishermen in this passage, sometimes we fish all night long, trying and trying only to pull up empty nets. We suffer disappointments and we get depressed. All because what we expected to happen didn’t happen. And now we are at a loss as to what we should do.
Read Luke 5:4-5 again.
Peter set aside his own feelings, set aside his own disappointment, and he obeyed God he did what Jesus Christ told him to do.
Read I Corinthians 15:58 “Labor, not in vain”
Analogy: Jesus was going to take Peter from his superficial, half-hearted attention to Him and turn that into a deeper, more personal and real commitment to Jesus.
Read Luke 5:6 again
Just as Jesus met the need of those fishermen, God will meet our needs as well.
Ephesians 3:20, 21 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen”
What I am trying to say is that God has promised to meet our deepest needs. Not our deepest wants, but our deepest needs. He not only has the ability to do it, but He has the desire to do it.
A Change of Focus
Jesus provided for the needs of the fishermen in Luke 5, but He also let them know that His focus was not on physical things, but on spiritual. He wants us to focus on the spiritual.
Read Luke 5:10 again.
As long as Peter was only concerned about fish, he was never going to achieve great things for God. His focus needed to be on the souls of men. Like Peter, it is so easy for us to get caught up in physical things; but Jesus is always more concerned about the spiritual.
Response of Worship
Read Luke 5:8-11 again.
Because of the power that Jesus displayed, Peter was willing to accept the call of Jesus, and he followed Jesus. He placed Jesus first in His life and did what Jesus called him to do.
Are we willing to go before the Lord as Peter did, recognizing that we are sinners in need of salvation? Are we willing to forsake all and follow Jesus? Are we willing to place Him FIRST in our lives?