What Has You Stuck In The Boat? Eyes On Jesus, Disembark!

 

Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.

29 And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Peter definitely had struggles. It is easy to be somewhat judgmental when reading about the people in the Bible, thinking either they should have known better , or they had the Lord and Savior right there WITH them, how could they be so weak?

Wasn’t it EASIER for them to have faith in Jesus they actually SAW than for those of us who are expected to trust the Invisible Lord?

John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

We can’t possibly say that living in the Time of Christ, what our behavior would have been. It has taken me years, and I am still ashamed to admit, I don’t know that I would not have been in the crowd calling out for Christ to be crucified or cowering in a corner somewhere, hoping as Peter did, no one recognized me as one of His followers.

Let’s consider Christ standing there, calling us to Himself. What happens when we step out from where we are, our “comfort zone”, into the unknown? Is it not easy to become distracted and even overwhelmed at our circumstances to the point we focus more on who and what surrounds us than Jesus who is more than willing and able to rescue us from any situation?

Someone responded in Yahoo answers this way, when another inquired about the reasoning a horse sometimes wears blinders/blinkers: A driving horse wears “blinders” on his headstall to keep him focused on his task at hand, in other words, to keep him from being distracted from outside interferences.

Some of the habits I see in my children (and now grandchildren) are a little too obviously from me. One thing that stuck out on this particular day out was Courtney as a little girl with all of us in Hobby Lobby. She told us how badly she needed to potty. Being my daughter, she wiggled down the row toward the bathroom. Before she got half way to her destination, she stopped at a bin of stuffed animals and picked one up, doing the “potty dance” until she had to drop the toy she picked up to run as quickly as possible the rest of the way to her intended target. Sadly, that incident had “Beth” written all over it!

Typically when I go with Jonathan to the store, I will tell him that I want to show him “this ONE thing”. I can’t count (now maybe he could) the times, I stopped fifteen times to point out something else before getting to what I originally wanted to show him. Lately when I want to show him something, I put my hands on either side of my face (like blinders) so I can only see straight in front of me. Although my intentions are good, sometimes my peripheral vision catches something I just can’t resist and I stray back to old habits! Jonathan and I often joke about this little straying by calling whatever distracted me a “bright, shiny object”. It happens much more than I would ever admit! Those who know me, no surprise there!

It is not always easy to maintain focus. Sure, some people may be able to get right into a project without distraction, but when it comes to finishing a book or going to the grocery store, the stray off script.

Perhaps there is a Bible study and some of the attendees get all the questions answered by the second day, while others sit there in the middle of class, scribbling down things that sound the most reasonable. Maybe the latter student, rather than penning deep, theological considerations, spent hours praying and interceding for specific needs family and friends. Was one right and the other wrong? I don’t think so, not if we are acting in accordance to the Lord’s perfect will for us.

Let’s keep focus where it belongs, on the Lord. Let’s not judge one another, but encourage a walk with the Lord. He want’s to be our Center of attention!

Some days life will be calm and serene, then something happens to kick up the “waves”. It can be overwhelming if we allow ourselves to be. Look straight ahead! Keep your eyes on Jesus. Whatever we are going through, we know He has permitted it. FEAR NOT! He is in control.

Call out to Jesus and never let the fear of sinking keep you in the “boat”! Step out with faith and focus! Trust AND Obey! To God be the glory!
Prayer

Precious Lord

Thank You for giving us another day

Please keep us focused on You

Holy God

We ask that You help us when circumstances of life

Seem too difficult to handle

We rebuke anything threatening to steal our joy

We need the Prince of Peace

Stay our hearts and minds on You

You are in control, Father God

Your eyes are upon us always

Let us please take comfort in knowing

We are never outside of Your protection

Please let us learn what You intend to teach

With every situation we face

Please forgive us our disobedience

And help us persevere with understanding

When we face consequences as a result of our own behavior

Please give us grace to endure those things in our lives

We did not bring upon ourselves

Whatever we are called to go through, Father

Please let it result in glorifying You

Please give us that peace passing all understanding

That You, King

Are in control

You know the beginning from the end

And You have absolutely no intention of causing harm to Your children

But seeing that we are delivered

And that You are magnified in all things

In the Precious Name of Jesus

Who was obedient to death, even death on the cross

And God’s children said..

AMEN

SONGS

In the Garden (Daddy’s favorite)

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Oceans

Praise You In This Storm

Trust and Obey

credits: God the Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture

encouraging words

Peter, Courtney, Hobby Lobby

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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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