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Saturday/Sunday: July 6, 2019

Walking or Sinking?

Then Peter called to him: “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.” “All right,” the Lord said, “come along!” So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. “O man of little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” (Matthew 14:28-31)

This is a great story and a wonderful illustration for us today. Jesus’ disciples were in a small boat in the middle of the night, fighting a storm. Jesus comes to them walking on the water. At first they thought it was a ghost, but then Jesus told them: “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid” (v. 27).

Peter asks Jesus to let him come to him on the water, and amazingly he does not sink! But see what happened next. He took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the problem—the waves! Peter needed to keep his eyes on Jesus, not the storm.

The writer of Hebrews knew the importance regarding where we fix our spiritual gaze when he wrote, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:2).

Notice Jesus’ response to Peter’s cry for help. First, he saved him, but then he asks why he doubted. Peter forgot that anything that could harm him was under the control of Jesus.   

Question: Are you walking or sinking? Are your eyes on Jesus or on the storm?

Challenge: Learn to stay focused on Jesus when you are walking through the storms of life and he will keep you from sinking.

Prayer: Lord, help me to keep my eyes on you and not on my storms. Thank you for helping when I do begin to sink. Help me to trust you more.

Jack Hughes Jr, Chapel Leader -- Clearwater Threshers

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