Just as Peter began to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus, so can we. When we allow ourselves to be distracted by situations, we will find ourselves in trouble.
Peter began to sink as he looked at the waves around him. He could only walk on water if he kept his eyes on Jesus, the very Author of that miracle. It doesn’t have to be something terrifying that gets us distracted. I’ve been experiencing a time of spiritual testing. I have been distracted by many small mosquito-like circumstances. They’ve been biting at my arms and legs, irritating my spiritual skin.
In a time of prayer, I was reminded today of my life’s verse: “(We are)…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The phrase “fixing our eyes” in the English language suggests a picture of “gluing our eyes on Jesus.” The original Greek, however, translates this as “looking in expectation.” Keeping our eyes on Jesus gives us hope. He is the founder of our faith. He is the creator of peace. And if we are going to follow Him, we have to learn not to turn our eyes to the left or to the right, as it says in Proverbs.
What’s distracting you today? It could be something big. It could be a bunch of small things that, together, become the equivalent of something large. I encourage you to fix your eyes on Jesus with expectation. Without Him, there is no hope.
Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You for loving me so much that You test me. Forgive me for not keeping my focus on You. I choose to endure in obedience to You so that You can make me more like Your precious Son.