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Know God in a Year #67 When You “Get” Who He Is

Peter’s discouragement smacks right into Jesus’ supply, and seeing that Jesus has all of nature in his control, he forgets all about boats and fish. While the others secure the catch, he drops at Jesus’ feet, holding on and exclaiming, “Lord, leave me, I am a sinful man!”

Daniel and Isaiah had exactly that same “undone” experience, feeling unworthy in response to realizing God’s presence.*

He obviously doesn’t want Jesus to leave, but he has connected with his unbelief and is ashamed of his doubt. He sees himself as he truly is. Peter sees there is no need to worry when he’s with the One who can call fish from the sea into a net.

Self-distrust is important to learn, and a natural response to God-realization. You can’t really trust God while thinking you can do it yourself. The paradox is that trusting Him calls to life abilities you never knew you had.

Until now they had still been going back to fishing, and before asking them to unite with him, he gives them assurance that God will provide. Now, Jesus chooses to ask them to work for him full time.

So with us, apart from Jesus it is easy to distrust and complain. But working in his presence, under his direction, his mind connects to ours, revitalizing us with energy and joy. Our weak, vacillating natures become strong and steady.

Satan is the one who works to discourage us. Jesus inspires with faith, hope and confidence.

Matthew 4:18-20,  Mark 1:16-18,  Luke 5:8-11,  *Daniel 10:8,  Isaiah 6:5

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