7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Peter’s eyes had been opened to the holiness of God. In the midst of the chaos of this miraculous amount of fish, boats sinking Peter’s sin was before him. When we look into the eye of the holy we cannot help but be aware of our sin. Being in the presence of God’s holiness makes our humanness painfully apparent to us. The initial reaction is to run, to flee. But, because of Jesus we can come before a Holy God. The initial fear, the sorrow of our sin is still there (and rightfully so) … but it doesn’t end there. God in all His love will comfort us and we can rest in Him and His presence.
Please Lord, never let me stop short at the miracles, gifts and goodness you provide to us clay beings. Let me always follow through to see your Holiness, your splendor and majesty.
Today, I am thankful for the precious gift of grace. That the Holy, awesome, powerful God stooped down to Earth to rescue a sinner like me from the eternal damnation I so deserve. It is the mystery of mysteries. Soli Deo Gloria!