St. John's Lutheran
"Do Not Be Afraid!"
Luke 5:7-11 New International Version
7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Wednesday - February 9
As we go about our normal lives what we really want is space. We want God to stay “up there” and only help from time to time when we need Him. We want distance from God. We are like children who don’t want mom and dad to hover over us. We want space. We want “freedom.” But when we get hurt or get in trouble we cry out for help. Peter did not know what was happening, but he did know that God was present in some way and he was terrified. He was afraid about what that meant for his life. Why has God come? Did God show up to judge him? After all, isn’t that what God does? Instead of judgment, Jesus delivers mercy. “Do not be afraid.” God is not going to judge you. You are forgiven. Now… go and forgive sins!