Monday, 20 January 2014

Taking Our Eyes off Jesus

“…Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Matthew 14:29-30

The closest I come to the Apostle Peter is when I take my eyes off of Jesus and begin to sink.  I don’t sink in the water, I sink emotionally.  I find at times I can get easily discouraged.  My eyes are obviously focused on me and my surroundings.  They are focused on other people and their response to me.  They are focused on the situation in which I find myself, everywhere but on Jesus.

It gets worse, for on an intellectual level I believe that not only is God in total control of everything but He is invested in every moment of my life.  There is nothing that befalls me that he could not alter. So I must ask myself, “Self, why are you disappointed, why are you moping around, why are you so disgruntled…”  Well you get the picture.  I should be asking myself what it is that God wants me to learn in the situation in which I find myself.

“Do not be anxious about anything…” (Philippians 4:6). Now I don’t profess to be a linguistics expert but first of all this phrase from Philippians sounds like a command, not a suggestion.  Secondly the word “anything” would appear to be all encompassing.   I should be anxious about nothing, zero, zilch, “nada”.

Peter was able to do the impossible as long as he focused on Jesus and even as he began to sink he knew that it was only Jesus who could save him.  Peter knew instinctively that he need only ask for help and it would be forthcoming.

Jesus always seemed to use “teachable moments”.  Perhaps this is one that I should take to heart.  The next time I’m feeling down in the dumps or melancholy I best turn to the Lord.  The next time I am beginning to get discouraged or someone disappoints me I best ask the Lord what it is He is trying to teach me.
Jesus wasn’t about to let Peter sink and He is not about to let me sink.  Just as He wanted Peter to walk by faith, He wants me to do the same, though I’m not about to try walking on water, I have enough trouble on land

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