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Posted by Brandon Patton on Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

He cried out "Lord, save me". Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him.


Arguably Simon was the most famous "faller" in the Bible. He stumbled, fell, screwed up and blew it more than anyone in the whole book. The reason that their is so much about the famous fisherman and his famous falls in God's Word is so that God can speak to you through the example of Simon's life. The purpose of  his underwhelming life being so exposed in the Bible is not to parade the weakness of Simon, but rather to reveal the goodness of God. What is He saying to you by the fact that He chose an "ignorant uneducated" fisherman that couldn't control his temper to be the chief apostle and leader of the only eternal institution in history? What does this reveal about Him? The fact that it seems that Simon could do nothing dumb enough to stop God from restoring him and continuing to use him is a beautiful testimony to the grace and kindness of our Father. It wasn't that Simon used the grace of God as an excuse to keep stumbling, he really wanted to follow Jesus well. It was just that he was a guy that really struggled with walking a straight line. The most famous betrayal in history was when Simon cursed and swore that he had never met Jesus after being asked if he was one of His followers. Surely this was the last straw for God's patience to be broken and kick Simon off His team.  What would you have done to a friend like that? Scripture records that Jesus never mentioned the incident to him. He simply asked him if he still loved Him. After he responded that he did, Jesus again commissioned him to lead His church. Amazing grace? Amazing God! You and I have yet to plumb the depths of His kindness toward sinful people like us. His forgiveness and patience know no end toward His own. The one outstanding trait that Simon did possess was his ability to get up off the floor after falling. He never hesitated to call out to Jesus after he fell. And Jesus never hesitated to restore him. What a message the Bible is broadcasting to us today through the life of the well intentioned but struggling fisherman. "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Jesus". Listen to me and Simon, there is nothing wrong with falling down, there is something wrong with staying down. When you fall, I don't care if you are closing in on Simon's record for most falls in a lifetime, get up. Reach out to Jesus, He's reaching out to you!  

Father, surely the Bible is accurate when it declares that "God is for us". Thank you for loving those of us who struggle to walk straight. Thank you that "your mercies are new every morning"! 

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