Devotional for Saturday and Sunday November 18-19

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.” “Come!” He said. And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31 (HCSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Keep your eyes on Jesus”

 

You really do have to give Peter a lot of credit. I mean after all, he got out of the boat and trusted Jesus to enable him to actually walk on water. Think about that, he got out of the boat and expected to be able to walk on the water! Who does that? It’s impossible. Water is not solid and a man cannot walk on it. It would be nothing less than a miracle.

 

And yet, because Jesus said so, Peter stepped over the side of the boat, placed his feet on the water, and started to walk. What an amazing demonstration of faith. And, he did it! He walked on the water. Verse 29 makes it clear that the water did hold him up and he was walking on it towards Jesus. It was a miracle in the making.

 

But then he took his eyes off of Jesus. Instead of staying focused on Jesus and simply continuing to move forward towards Him, Peter shifted his gaze to the wind and the waves. When he did that he noticed the size of the waves and the strength of the wind, and suddenly he was afraid. And then … and then … he started to sink. When he focused on his circumstances rather than on his Lord it all fell apart and he started to sink.

 

But fortunately Jesus was there to rescue him. As he was sinking Peter cried out to Jesus and Jesus immediately grabbed Peter by the hand and pulled him up. As soon as Peter shifted his gaze back to his Lord and asked for His help he was okay again.

 

There’s an important lesson in that story for us. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Focus on Him and not on your circumstances. This is especially important when the circumstances look a lot like that big storm that was raging all around Peter, the one with the dark clouds, the howling wind, the huge waves, and the pouring rain. Sometimes our circumstances look a lot like that. Keep your eyes on Jesus and trust Him to keep you from sinking.

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 encourages us “… let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith …”

 

I encourage you today to keep your eyes on Jesus and just keep walking forward.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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