By Pastor Ezra Howard
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. (Matthew 14:30 KJV)
Getting our focus off the essential thing can cause us to lose our way. I recall driving while eating some of my favorite fried chicken. I dropped a piece and looked down to retrieve it. This caused me to be about to hit something. Trying to avoid hitting the sign I ended up spinning in the road. God blessed me to get straightened out and immediately I refocused. I no longer was concerned about the chicken, but was concerned about keeping my eyes on the road.
In our lesson text Peter lost focus. As he was walking on the water he took his eyes off Jesus and begin to focus on the wind. It wasn’t Peter’s feet that enabled him to walk on the water, but it was the fact that his eyes were focused on Jesus. The wind was contrary when Peter got out of the boat. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. (Matthew 14:24 KJV). The fact that Peter started to look at the wind instead of Jesus caused him to begin to sink. After refocusing on Jesus he was enabled to avoid drowning.
What we look at determines victory or defeat. Ten of the twelve spies sent out to view the Promised Land looked at the giants in the land, while Joshua and Caleb looked at God. Because they focused on God they were victorious. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. (Numbers 13:30 KJV)
The bible is replete with examples of what will result from our focus. David was able to kill Goliath because his focus was on the Lord. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts,…(1 Samuel 17:45 KJV). Jehoshaphat was able to defeat an army much larger than his by keeping his eyes on the Lord. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. (2 Chronicles 20:12 KJV). Jesus was able to endure death on the cross because He looked to the joy that was set before Him. …who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 KJV).
If you have been focusing on the wrong thing, refocus. Instead of looking at your problems, look at God’s promises. Instead of looking at your sickness, look at the Healer. Instead of looking at your pain, look at the possibilities. Instead of looking at your past, look at the future.