{FOCUS} staying afloat on the waves of life

Monday,October 22, 2018

Recently, I've been having to readjust my focus. There have been waves that have knocked me over and made me start sinking.


This life brings all sorts of trials and troubles. And honestly I think that some of us are just struggling to survive; barely keeping our head above water. We're watching the waves around us and feeling helpless to do anything about them.

Today, I want to look at the account of Peter walking on the water to illustrate where our focus needs to be.
"But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid." ~ Matt. 14:24-27 kjv
Sometimes our "ships" get tossed and blown around too. Trials and troubles happen. It's just a part of life. But when those trials come, where is our focus at? The disciples focused on the storm and it made them afraid; they didn't even recognize Jesus because they were so afraid.
"And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid be come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on water, to go to Jesus." Matt. 14:28-29 kjv
Are we willing to step out of the boat? Are we willing to leave our comfort zone of control and instead let God decide the outcome?
"But when he saw the wind boysterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me." Matt. 14:30
Peter took his eyes off Jesus for just a second, and he became fearful. When we focus on the storm and all the bad things that could happen, it only leaves us sinking in the sea of life. But when we focus on God, and everything He could be doing through this storm, we are able to rise above our circumstance and stay afloat during the worst of storms.
"And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" Matt. 14:31 kjv
And that's the beauty of the Lord. When we cry out to Him for help, He will help us. He won't leave us to drown in the sea of life. He will reach out His hand and pull us out of the storm. I love the passage, it says He immediately did it.

The end of that verse is a good reminder for us. Because when we have our focus on the Lord, we have an unwavering confidence (faith) that He will pull us through. But we are people of little faith, and we don't always have our focus on God, like we should.

Instead of looking around us and focusing on the circumstances that will only make us fearful, let's practice looking upward and focusing on the One Who can carry us through any difficulties.

2 comments:

  1. This is what I needed, thank you!
    -Brooklyne

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    1. I'm so glad it encouraged you, thanks for the comment! <3

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