Harvest of Thanksgiving: Experiencing 11th Hour Miracle (PART II)
(Moving from frustration to fulfillment through an Attitude of Gratitude)
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you sa so, I will let down the nets for a catch. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
Last Sunday, we started looking at Peter’s experience of frustration when he couldn’t catch any fish after trying hard and toiling all night. But the passage also reveals how Peter bounced back to life and excitement within one night. So it is possible for one to have a change of story from ugliness to beauty; from grass to grace; from ghetto to glory. Yes! It is possible to still give thanks even in the face of disillusioned situation. It happened for Peter. Definitely it can happen to you. But then we need to fist examine some few misconceptions Peter initially had about that delayed his miracles.
WHAT PETER DID NOT KNOW ABOUT GOD
Your perspective about God determines to a large extent how you view life and your situation. The truth is that those who know their God always remain strong and do exploit. The knowledge of God is your guarantee for victory in life in down moment. Unfortunately, Peter went about his business with a poor knowledge of God. A critical survey of that passage reveals Peter’s ignorance of God.
- He was ignorant of God’s omniscience:
God is all-knowing. He knows the end right from its very beginning. He is called the Alpha and the Omega. He knows your uprising and down sitting. Before a word is on your tongue God knows it completely. Definitely God was aware before time that Peter would be frustrated before he ever got to the sea that day. God was also aware of the location of fish within the sea. He simply told Peter, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” That statement surely depicted the depth of God’s knowledge. God has answers to every life challenges. All Peter needed to do was to simply cling to God to intervene in his situation but he trusted his wisdom and he failed. In the same manner, God knows everything about you and all he wanted to do in your life in 2011 before the start of the year. So, you need to know that He knows all about your situations.
- He was ignorant of God’s Omnipotence:
God is all powerful. There is no end to his strength. The heavens of the heavens belong to Him. He controls the sea and the depth of the earth. Every creature on earth responds to his biding. At the breath of His nostrils the mountain melts. At His command the red sea parted into two and Jordan gave way. He has absolute control over natural forces. God indeed is omnipotent! He has sufficient power to handle every challenging situation of our life. Unfortunately, Peter was ignorant of this nature of God and he paid dearly for it; He toiled all night. God’s power can bring about all that you need in a twinkling of an eye. That is the reason the attitude of gratitude is essential to move to a level of fulfillment.
- He was ignorant of God’s Omnipresence:
God is everywhere. Though Heaven is His throne; the earth actually is His footstool. God’s presence is everywhere. David knew this and he walked in this reality. That was his testimony in Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures…Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me: your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”