When Our Focus Slips

Matthew 14:22-33 NIV

“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,”they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

This really happened. And you have to give credit where credit is due, Peter looked beyond what he could see and asked Jesus to call him so that he could walk on the water too. Pretty gutsy if you ask me. We are so used to our physical limitations but Peter actually saw beyond that. If Jesus said he could, he knew he could walk on the water too. And he did, for a short while, but then the reality of the physical waves got to him and he started to sink into the water. I take heart in seeing that immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him and the two of them climbed into the boat.

I had a hard time getting to sleep last night and I usually sleep like a baby. I kept seeing the waves that are coming, higher and higher. There were a few short bullets sent up in prayer and I eventually fell asleep. It bothers me that I allow fear of the unknown to disrupt the peace that I normally have with regard to the turmoil that is going on in the world. This is different, I’ve never gone through one of these before. Not only is this different, it is also big, life altering. I’m not talking about the inconveniences, I’m looking at the repercussions that we haven’t even experienced yet. The waves are going to get bigger.

Is this a precursor to what is to come? Quite possibly. Is it a warning from God? That’s also quite possible too. I dislike false speculation because you can take just about anything and turn it into what ever you want but there is no denying that we all are about to embark in something that none of us have ever experienced before.

This morning, in prayer, I apologized to God and confessed my lack of faith. I know that Jesus understands. He reminded me of Peter and the waves. He reminded me of the time that He spent in the Garden of Gethsemane prior to His crucification. Jesus knows exactly how we feel. He knows the limitations of the flesh. He also knows the reality of Himself.

Yesterday I saw how some of the beaches in Florida were still filled with crowds of people in spite of the warnings to avoid crowds. Young teens were interviewed and they said that they weren’t going to allow the coronavirus to disrupt their vacation and besides, they were’t actually touching one another. Accurate information on how one can get the virus and reality obviously hasn’t set in yet.

I know that as Christians we are not supposed to fear what takes place in the world. Jesus specifically told us this as recorded in John 16:33 NASB

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Notice where our peace is, “in Me”.

My Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we focus our attention on the waves. Forgive us for our lack of faith in you. Grant us grace to keep our hearts, eyes and minds on you and our hand in yours. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and grant us grace to hear His leading and to obey it, so that we, through You, might be instruments of your love and mercy and bring glory to your Holy name.

I ask this Father in the name of Your Son Jesus

Amen

22 comments

  1. I find this post so comforting, Bruce. If I’m honest, sometimes I get fearful considering I’m in an older age bracket with underlying medical conditions (like many, many more of us) and I worry even more about my husband who has still got to go to work, amongst hundreds of people in the motor industry when he, too, is older with medical conditions. Reading about Jesus catching Peter when panic overcame him reassures me that he will do the same for us, whatever happens.

    I’m so grateful for my blogging brothers and sisters here on WordPress who never fail to make me feel a part of this community.
    God Bless, Bruce. x

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  2. In the Bible there is a list of examples of levitation. After looking into magnetism and levitation experiments Science is doing today, I had an Epiphany as to how Jesus did it. I am currently working to make a device that would allow us to levitate cars. If We knew God, I mean really knew him, we would not doubt his designs. The whole blueprint is in the bible but we have been missing it all this time. And recently when studying to hot wire Gods Design for transportation I realized that Everyone, not just Jesus has everything they need to walk on water, If I knew how to access the already provided science in our bodies I would be levitating for the fun of it. At first I thought Jesus needed a device but after more study I realized that if there was a connection in the brain for this, there would be enough in our own bodies to do this. So, While it is a miracle that he walked on water, it wasn’t like he did not have the science behind him.

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      • I’m still trying to find out how Peter “saw the wind,” but I digress …
        We need balance, somewhere between the panic and “I’m not going to let this spoil my good time on the beach.” For the Christian, it should be to look around and see who is frightened and lost and to offer them the hope of the gospel. opportunities to shine the light on Jesus are everywhere these days. Shame on us if we pass them by.

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      • The site is to small and me to long winded to tell you the list of helps God has given me. I will have to write an Op about some of the gain I have had. The coolest thing so far is that I have been studying all kinds of physics and material science and Wow, when you see the really cool things God has made with such cunning you have a greater appreciation for who God really is.

        We take so much for granted, and we totally underestimate the Grandness of God. Just studying how our immune system makes me gob smacked, and then after watching some of those videos I just thank God for his majesty.

        Another thing is to study how a quartz watch works. When you realize what a piezoelectric effect is, blame, you start to realize how captured we are with this electronics stuff. It gets worse. When you find out your bones are piezoelectric, it gives new meaning to , My bones shake. When we realize our heart like a quartz watch beats over and over, we realize we are made with precision And we realize God is worthy of our praise

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  3. Amen! And about the pic, the Scripture does say “beginning to sink”, but when I think Peter in this story, I see him as completely wet, way over his head….I see him as one last gasp before he drowns and in desperation reaches up his hand grasping at air toward the Savior. I guess beginning to sink, or drowning, Jesus can calm my fears!

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  4. God has been teaching me, for months, to keep my focus on Him and on His Word. I love this post. It reinforces what the Holy Spirit is speaking to my heart. Focus on Him! Keep my eyes on Jesus. Thanks, Bruce, for a great post!

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