Thursday, September 24, 2020

 

KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS

Matthew 14: Jesus after feeding the multitude with five loaves of bread and two fishes; (22)  constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, (crossing the Sea of Galilee) while he sent the multitudes away.  While crossing the Sea of Galilee they were caught in a sudden storm.  The bible says contrary Winds and waves threatened to capsize their vessel.  (25) In the midst of the storm Jesus came unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  Now while Keeping his eyes fixed on the Lord, Peter stepped out of the boat and went to Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee. (30) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Peter’s experience is a vivid example to us, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus; Jesus is able to keep us above the violence of the storm, even though we’re in the midst of it.  When peter took his eyes off Jesus, he started to get overwhelmed.  Yet when he cried out to Jesus he didn’t sink so far that Jesus couldn’t reach him.

God’s Word is a present anchor of Hope to all believers. We live in a stormy world. Waves of financial despair, political and civil unrest, emotional upheaval, relationship issues and personal failures threaten to overwhelm us and pull us under.

Yet if we keep our eyes fixed on God’s Word, we can stay above, and walk on the waters of every storm.

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