Hope 4 Mondays

Hope 4 Mondays: Don’t Lose Your Focus!

“So, Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.” -Matthew 14:29-31

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Peter was on a boat during a heavy storm and saw Jesus walking on the water towards the boat. He tells Jesus that if it is really Him, to let him walk out to Jesus on the water. And Jesus told him to come. So, Peter puts a foot over the edge of the boat and steps out onto the water. He starts to walk to Jesus but then Peter starts to look at the storm all around him.

And he begins to sink.

He was the only sinful human being to ever walk on water, and yet even in that moment he lost his focus. He quit thinking about the miracle he was a part of and began to worry about the wind and waves around Him.

But don’t we do the same thing?

We try to stay focused on Jesus. But then life happens, and we get distracted. We start to pay attention to the storms in our life, the circumstances we can’t fix, and the overwhelming demands on our time. We rush through our days and forget to pray. We toss and turn at night, worrying about what is going to happen. We talk to everyone we know to get advice and forget to ask the One who holds our very life.

Our dilemma is that we tend to focus on our problems, instead of focusing on the One who could help us solve them.  

And yet, even when we get lost staring at the storm there is still grace. 

The bible says that when Peter cried out to Him, Jesus was immediately there to save him. He didn’t wait for Peter to figure out how to save himself. He didn’t wait for Peter to apologize, to repent, to clean up his act, or anything else like that. All Peter had to do was cry out to Jesus.

And Jesus was there right away to rescue him.

When we take our eyes off Jesus and look at the storms around us, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. But if we cry out to Him, Jesus will immediately be there to save us. With Him we can walk confidently through it all.

  • As we head into a new week are you feeling overwhelmed with the storms you are going through?
  • Are you feeling lost in the chaos of life?
  • Perhaps, you have lost your focus?

Don’t beat yourself up, because we all lose our focus sometimes. Just cry out to Jesus. Let His love surround you and His strong arms uphold you.  He will be your shelter in the storm.

He will help you walk above the waves!

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11 thoughts on “Hope 4 Mondays: Don’t Lose Your Focus!”

  1. We have to pay attention to what consumes our mind because that’s what controls our lives. We need to stop focusing on our circumstances and focus on God. We have to become so desperate for God until we say God help me to focus on you, I can’t live like this!

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  2. What a wonderful way to start the new week, Thank you!! While some of the storms of life do blow up suddenly, others seem to be more like an aggravating hum in the back our minds. Regardless, as you have beautifully reminded us all, Jesus is there, even in the midst of our greatest tempest. Only a God who loves us that much could be there for each one as we reach out to Him.
    Part of me relates to Peter as he boldly asked Jesus and then stepped over the side; but another (and I’m afraid larger) part of me feels like I would have simply stayed in the boat, to scared to do anything. But even there, our ever-loving Lord comforts and assures us. I/we need to learn to trust Him always and in all things.
    May your week be filled with His blessings,
    Pastor Chuck

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    1. I love that you remind us that some storms arrive as an aggravating hum. That is so true! Sometimes we don’t even see them coming! I agree with you. My heart says I would be like Peter and jump at the opportunity to walk on water with Jesus. But my brain probably would have filled with fear and just stayed in the boat. And yes, like you reminded us, God’s love reaches us in both places, and we just need to trust Him more. Thank you so much for your comments! 😊

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