Topic: Luke 9:43
"And they were all amazed at the greatness of God." (Luke 9:43)
Again and again in the gospels, we are told that people were amazed by Jesus' words and miracles.
Yet, the personal reaction of Simon Peter stands out in my mind, because of the revolution it began in his heart.
"When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me Lord; I am a sinful man!" For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners." (Luke 5:8-10)
Through His miracles, Jesus revealed Himself as God.
That revelation not only showed Peter who Jesus was, it exposed his own heart.
Peter realized that he was a sinful man.
That is what happens when we seek to know God. Not only do we discover who God is, as He reveals
Himself to us, but we also discover who we are.
The greatness of God exposes our sinfulness.
Thankfully, Jesus doesn't leave us when we discover our sinfulness. In fact, that was the reason He came. Only when we recognize our need for a savior, can we reach out to Jesus to redeem us.
Listen to how Jesus responds to Peter's admission of sin. "Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him." (Luke 5:10-11)
God's greatness does expose our sinfulness, but it's no surprise to God. He responds to us as Jesus responded to Peter, "Don't be afraid; put your faith in me and follow me."
The process will begin an amazing transformation in us, so that like Peter we will leave everything to follow Him.
When have you experienced being exposed by God? Why is it better to face what He exposes rather than to continue hiding?