Put Your Focus in the Right Place and on the Right Thing
“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord save me.” Matthew 14:30(KJV)
Reading the verses before today’s key verse (Matthew 14: 25-29), we see that the disciples had seen their master walking on water; in order to confirm that it was indeed their master, Peter asked Jesus to call out to him to come to Him on the water and Jesus did. Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus. The bible says …
’but when he SAW the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink…’ (NIV).
Peter began to sink when he saw the storm and took his focus off Jesus! This is exactly what happens to us believers when we dwell on the trials and temptations we face rather than dwelling on what Christ has done and empowered us to do by His spirit. Peter must have thought to himself as he got out of that boat; “Master is doing it and he has told me to come join him. It means I can do it too!” And he did it because he believed, not in his ability but in the ability of the man who called him. But immediately he saw how terrible the storm was, he was afraid; he felt he couldn’t do it anymore. He doubted.
Sometimes, we’re just like Peter, we get so afraid of and overwhelmed by the storms we face that we lose faith in the ability of the one who called us. We begin to cry out, ‘’Lord, save me!’’; forgetting the fact that He has already given us the power to overcome every storm life puts us through. A line from the song Just Be Held by Casting Crowns says: ‘if your eyes are on the storm, you’ll wonder if I love you still…but if your eyes are on the cross, you’ll know I always have and I always will.’
Simply put, focus on the cross, and focus on CHRIST! Even in the midst of the toughest storms, look to Jesus. Trust in His ability, trust in the ability He has empowered us with through the Holy Spirit. Christ overcame all our past, present and future troubles on that cross. Therefore as believers, we fight from a point of victory and we must walk in this reality.
Hebrews 12: 2 says; ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God’ (NIV).
Hallelujah! Christ started it and he finished it, all that’s left for us to do is believe it and live accordingly.
The bible says in Hebrews chapter 1 that the man in Christ is seated in heavenly places, far above principalities and powers, might and dominion, every name that is named in this world and the world to come. This means that we’ve already been given authority over every thing contrary to what God has said concerning our lives. What we need to do is remain conscious of this fact and approve it in our lives.
The great news is even when we doubt and begin to sink; Christ doesn’t just abandon us in the storm. He reaches out, pulls us up and helps us through; just like He did with Peter.
‘And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? …And when they came into the ship, the wind ceased.’ Matthew 14: 31&32 (KJV).
What a good God!
Lord, teach me to keep my focus steady on you. Through the storms and punches life throws, amen.
Author – Naomi