Looking unto Jesus

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

All things in life we propose would be impossible to achieve if we defocus. Keep the focus is vital to complete a university degree, succeed in business or succeed in any sport. In the Christian life it happens something similar. Our focus, our point towards which we must look at is our Lord Jesus Christ. When we let our eyes be diverted away, we will falter and we can even fall. Our eyes must be fixed on Jesus all the time.

In Matthew 14:25-31 we read a supernatural story about Jesus and His disciples:  Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

I have heard many different comments about this story. Some talk about fear experienced by the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water. Others say that Peter was very impulsive and therefore jumped into the water. For others, Peter was just a loudmouth who at the moment of truth, he hesitated and cowered. The truth is that the intrepid Peter was the only one who dared to jump into the water and walk on it if only for a moment.

The interesting thing about this story is that while Peter had his eyes on Jesus, he ambled over the waters of a sea whipped by a strong wind. Only when Peter took his eyes off the Lord and he focused on the circumstances surrounding him was that he began to sink. The strong wind was always there, since before Peter dared to ask Jesus to let him walk on water. And with the presence of strong wind, Peter was able to walk. So were not the circumstances that sank him, but doubt and lack of focus.

The wind of our problems will be present in every day of our lives. Some days the wind is like a category five hurricane, other days will be a simple breeze caressing our faces. And the waters of life will always be there for us to walk on them. We walked on ground that is not firm, and I would say even you cannot call ground. Success or failure in our walk does not depend on the circumstances but our approach. What will fix our eyes on Jesus or our problems?

Today God is speaking to you who read or hear this message. We must walk by faith and not by sight. Therefore, our five senses must be directed to Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. I cannot fool you saying that with Christ your life will be easier, but looking unto Jesus you will walk sure on troubled waters. God bless you.

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