Luke 5:10 NKJV and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
Peter, John and James where acquainted with Jesus. He had been preaching in the churches around the region for a little while now and He was already the talk of the town. Just a few days before He had even ministered in Peter’s home, healing Peter’s mother in law before having supper and then proceeded to minister healing and deliverance to seemingly a pretty large number of people that came to him in need.
Now he has just finished speaking a morning message to a whole mess a people having borrowed Peter’s commercial fishing boat, after he and his partners in another boat returned from their daily fishing operations. This particular day they caught nothing, but after His teaching, Jesus asked Peter to let the nets he had just got done cleaning and prepping for the next day back into the water, which Peter with only a little resistance obliged. When he did a the nets were almost instantly filled with fish and the catch was so large Peter had to call for the other boat to come help and still both commercial fishing boats nearly sank because of the haul.
Being professional fishermen Peter knew this catch was supernatural. It wasn’t the right fishing spot nor the right time of day to experience any success, yet it was more abundant than they could do with all their skill and knowledge. Peter knew either Jesus had authority and power over the fish or He had supernatural wisdom where they were or both. Overwhelmed and amazed Peter cries out, “I am not worthy to be with you.” And an awesome fear overtook him.
God has certainly been so good to me and my family through the years. And I know that you could join me in sharing times, events, situations, etc… that the Lord has just done something amazingly marvelous for you and left you speechless (and I’m not even talking about the most amazing thing through our redemption and salvation in Christ Jesus). But what Jesus says next to these men should always remind us that the Goodness of God we’ve experienced wasn’t just for a few events, but that He is calling us to live with Him in an ongoing state of amazement ever astonished by His wisdom and power.
Jesus told them, not to fear this outpouring of God’s goodness, because they hadn’t seen anything like the blessings, power, and favor that they had opportunity to see if they’d follow Him. Just like Peter, John & James were invited to see even greater things than this catch of fish and not to fear either God’s amazing goodness nor that they’d never see anything like this again, we are encouraged never to fear in any circumstance for God’s blessings, power & favor have been made available to us in the net of the Gospel. His love and goodness never cease and never fail. Fear Not!