Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.
29 And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Peter definitely had struggles. It is easy to be somewhat judgmental when reading about the people in the Bible, thinking either they should have known better , or they had the Lord and Savior right there WITH them, how could they be so weak?
Wasn’t it EASIER for them to have faith in Jesus they actually SAW than for those of us who are expected to trust the Invisible Lord?
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
We can’t possibly say that living in the Time of Christ, what our behavior would have been. It has taken me years, and I am still ashamed to admit, I don’t know that I would not have been in the crowd calling out for Christ to be crucified or cowering in a corner somewhere, hoping as Peter did, no one recognized me as one of His followers.
Let’s consider Christ standing there, calling us to Himself. What happens when we step out from where we are, our “comfort zone”, into the unknown? Is it not easy to become distracted and even overwhelmed at our circumstances to the point we focus more on who and what surrounds us than Jesus who is more than willing and able to rescue us from any situation?
Someone responded in Yahoo answers this way, when another inquired about the reasoning a horse sometimes wears blinders/blinkers: A driving horse wears “blinders” on his headstall to keep him focused on his task at hand, in other words, to keep him from being distracted from outside interferences.
Some of the habits I see in my children (and now grandchildren) are a little too obviously from me. One thing that stuck out on this particular day out was Courtney as a little girl with all of us in Hobby Lobby. She told us how badly she needed to potty. Being my daughter, she wiggled down the row toward the bathroom. Before she got half way to her destination, she stopped at a bin of stuffed animals and picked one up, doing the “potty dance” until she had to drop the toy she picked up to run as quickly as possible the rest of the way to her intended target. Sadly, that incident had “Beth” written all over it!
Typically when I go with Jonathan to the store, I will tell him that I want to show him “this ONE thing”. I can’t count (now maybe he could) the times, I stopped fifteen times to point out something else before getting to what I originally wanted to show him. Lately when I want to show him something, I put my hands on either side of my face (like blinders) so I can only see straight in front of me. Although my intentions are good, sometimes my peripheral vision catches something I just can’t resist and I stray back to old habits! Jonathan and I often joke about this little straying by calling whatever distracted me a “bright, shiny object”. It happens much more than I would ever admit! Those who know me, no surprise there!
It is not always easy to maintain focus. Sure, some people may be able to get right into a project without distraction, but when it comes to finishing a book or going to the grocery store, the stray off script.
Perhaps there is a Bible study and some of the attendees get all the questions answered by the second day, while others sit there in the middle of class, scribbling down things that sound the most reasonable. Maybe the latter student, rather than penning deep, theological considerations, spent hours praying and interceding for specific needs family and friends. Was one right and the other wrong? I don’t think so, not if we are acting in accordance to the Lord’s perfect will for us.
Let’s keep focus where it belongs, on the Lord. Let’s not judge one another, but encourage a walk with the Lord. He want’s to be our Center of attention!
Some days life will be calm and serene, then something happens to kick up the “waves”. It can be overwhelming if we allow ourselves to be. Look straight ahead! Keep your eyes on Jesus. Whatever we are going through, we know He has permitted it. FEAR NOT! He is in control.
Call out to Jesus and never let the fear of sinking keep you in the “boat”! Step out with faith and focus! Trust AND Obey! To God be the glory!
Thank You for giving us another day
Please keep us focused on You
We ask that You help us when circumstances of life
Seem too difficult to handle
We rebuke anything threatening to steal our joy
We need the Prince of Peace
Stay our hearts and minds on You
You are in control, Father God
Your eyes are upon us always
Let us please take comfort in knowing
We are never outside of Your protection
Please let us learn what You intend to teach
With every situation we face
Please forgive us our disobedience
And help us persevere with understanding
When we face consequences as a result of our own behavior
Please give us grace to endure those things in our lives
We did not bring upon ourselves
Whatever we are called to go through, Father
Please let it result in glorifying You
Please give us that peace passing all understanding
That You, King
Are in control
You know the beginning from the end
And You have absolutely no intention of causing harm to Your children
But seeing that we are delivered
And that You are magnified in all things
In the Precious Name of Jesus
Who was obedient to death, even death on the cross
And God’s children said..
In the Garden (Daddy’s favorite)
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Praise You In This Storm
Trust and Obey
credits: God the Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture
Peter, Courtney, Hobby Lobby
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