“When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’” Luke 5:8.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 12-14, and Luke 5.
Peter finally realized who he had been keeping company with.
Jesus had performed a fishing miracle and Peter, as a fisherman, recognized the significance of it.
The reaction of Peter to this miracle is significant. Peter had been an eyewitness to numerous miracles and surely was awed by each of them, but this one was different. Fish didn’t just show up in places that had just been fished and in such extraordinary quantity. But they had.
Peter realized that Jesus was more than a healing teacher. He indeed was the Messiah. He was the Son of God.
When Peter figures this out, he was overwhelmed. He realized that he didn’t deserve to be anywhere near Jesus. He was a sinner. He was unworthy of a relationship with Jesus.
He had thought of Jesus in lesser ways than He deserved. He should have acted differently.
How does this apply to me/you? Do we realize that Jesus is the Messiah? Do we approach Him with confidence or in fearful awe?
We are unworthy. We have earned no rights with Him. Our continued sinning is against Him. How can we act with such self-confidence?
Imagine that you have treated someone badly and now you will be with them. Would you be apprehensive? I’m guessing you would. Would you start conversing with them as if nothing was wrong? Unlikely. You would want to clean up the past differences before you did anything else.
I recognize God as amazing, but I also must recognize my unworthiness to even converse with Him. Confession should be early in every prayer I utter.
“Lord, forgive me forgetting my sinfulness. I am unworthy of interacting with You. Yet You offer it to me. Cleanse me of my sins. Bring them to my attention so that I can confess them to You and seek restoration. Clean me up so that I can have as close a relationship with You as is possible. You are my God. I love You, Lord.”
How are you when you are in God’s presence? We should be humbled because of our unworthiness.