Focus on Jesus
Between three and six o’clock in the morning, he came to them. He was walking on the
sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified. They said, “It’s a
ghost!” and began to scream because they were afraid. Immediately, Jesus said, “Calm down! It’s me. Don’t be afraid!”
Peter answered, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he noticed how strong the wind was, he became afraid and started to sink. He shouted, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, Jesus reached out, caught hold of him, and said, “You have so little faith! Why did you doubt?”
We learn from Peter’s adventure about our need to focus on the great sustaining power of Jesus in the midst of the “strong winds” that are blowing currently in our lives, our nation, and the world. This sustaining power of Jesus made it possible for Peter to walk on water, and lifted Peter out of the turbulent water when he lost focus.
When Peter focused on Jesus, he was able to participate in the tremendous power and presence of the Lord. When he panicked, he blocked that participation and began to sink. When he cried for help, he again opened the avenue to participation.
Jesus hauled him out of the water, asking him simply, “Why did you doubt?” which amounts to saying, “Why didn’t you keep focused on me? You could walk through any storm, no matter how strong the winds, if you just keep focused on me.”
Faith that can sustain us through these turbulent times is not found in trying somehow to believe that we will be safe and everything will return to normal even though our panicked focus is on the dangers and uncertainties that are blowing all around us. Rather, faith is found in focusing on Jesus as our Savior and sustainer. Jesus invites us to dare to trust him and not panic.
When you are overwhelmed by what’s going on and feel like you are sinking, don’t start desperately flailing. Focus on the sustaining power of Jesus that can always bear you up. That will make it possible for you to go yourself and help others go through these frightening times in the power that is greater than any power of this world.
As he said to his disciples, Jesus says to you, “Calm down! It’s me. Don’t be afraid!”
Spreading, Serving and Sharing with you,