Taking Our Eyes Off Of Jesus
Daily Bible Reading – Matthew 14-16
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 14:22-33
When people think about Jesus, many times they think of the image of Jesus walking on water seen in today’s key passage. It is certainly a grand display of His power and of His command over all of creation. When Peter called out to Jesus, he was not testing Jesus. In fact, he was the only person on the boat who reacted to Jesus in faith. (14:28) Walking on water was an impossible task for Peter, but instead of focusing on the improbability of his success he focused on Jesus. Basically, Peter was saying that even though the task seemed impossible, he would try it if it was Jesus’ will. Jesus reply to this request was a simple one. He did not need a long dissertation to explain to Peter HOW to walk on water or to explain the physics behind it or anything else. Jesus simply replied to Peter’s request with one word – “Come“. (14:29)
This is how it should work with our faith. When faced with impossible choices and impossible conditions, we should look to Jesus and ask Him what His will is for us. Does He want us to step out in faith, or cower in the boat? More often than not, His response will be for us to come. We may not always be comfortable. We might not always be doing exactly what WE want to do. However, if we truly follow His guidance and live by HIS will, we will have to step out of that boat and walk with Him in faith.
When Peter stepped out of the boat, initially he was fine. He was actually doing the impossible and walking on water because it was Jesus will for him. It was only when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and noticed the wind and the waves and began focusing on the impossibility of his task that he started to sink. (14:30) Once again, it is the same thing with us. It is not enough for us to step out in faith. We have to keep our eyes on Jesus. We cannot start focusing on how hard it is to do what we are doing or on any storms that may pop up along the way. If we do that, we will start to sink and fall into despair. If we keep our eyes on Jesus and if we have complete faith in Him to make it happen, we will not sink. We will continue to walk with Him on the water. Furthermore, if we do lose focus and start to sink, we can take another lesson from Peter. When he began to sink, he did not try to save himself. He did the only thing he could possibly do in that situation – he reached out to Jesus. (14:30) As humans we sometimes have a tendency to try to fix everything ourselves. Jesus is the only real answer. He is the only real solution. If we find ourselves sinking, we must reach out to Him for help. Instead of pulling away when we start to sink, it is at those times that we must draw closer to Him. Just as He did with Peter, Jesus will save us in those circumstances.
If you cannot tell, I love this story. I love the image of Jesus walking on the water, but even more than that, I love the message that the story conveys to us. I constantly remind myself to step out of the boat and walk in faith. I remind myself to do His will and not mine, and I remind myself to keep my eyes on Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. If you have not taken the time yet today, reach out to Him. Praise Him for being such an amazing God. Ask Him to save you from sinking. Thank Him for his help, and then remember to keep your eyes focused on Him.
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