Day #14: Don't Take Your Eyes off of Jesus

Then Peter got down out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out His hand a caught him. "You of little faith", He said, "why did you doubt?"

Matthew 14:29-31, NIV

 

"Oh, ye of little faith!" How often do men quote this without taking into account its context.

 

In this particular instance, Jesus has gone to His apostles in the middle of a storm. When they finally realize that it is Jesus, Peter asks if he might be allowed to walk on the water as well. At first things go great, but then Peter does something very human: He takes his eyes off of Jesus and focuses instead on the storm.

 

And then he does something we all do when we take our eyes off of Jesus during the storms of life: He sinks!

 

I believe that we are in the midst of a "storm" that is likely to rage for quite some time. Many will look to their leaders for answers, and these leaders will only be more than happy to "rescue" them from the storm... how well has that worked out so far?

 

The fact is that this life comes complete with storms - they are part of the test God allows us to go through from time to time. The good news is that He has never expected us to go through these storms alone! For those who will keep their eyes on He and His Son, the storms of life will pass. But for those with more focus upon the storms than their expected service to God, the storms will prove to be unbearable.

 

Where is your focus?

 

Today's reading is the 14th chapter of Matthew. It will help us to know Who to look to, when the storms of life come howling.