Keeping our eyes on the prize

“Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Matthew 14:29–30

This scripture tells the popular story of Peter walking on water to Christ…

What is important to note; despite the somewhat abysmal end to the story; is that it was by actually getting out of the boat and walking that Peter got to Jesus.

The challenge Peter had was not his faith…it was his sight. Once he had stepped out of the boat, the waves were none of his business. His only concern should have been the path of light shining across the darkness from Christ to him. But instead his eyes caused him to look at the ominous waves around him and he became afraid.

When the Lord calls us to come across the water, we need to step out with confidence and joy. We must never glance away from Him for even a moment to assess our situation. We will not prevail by measuring the waves of our problems or grow strong by gauging the wind of resistance around us.

Attempting to survey the danger may actually cause us to fall before it. Pausing at the difficulties will result in the waves breaking over our heads. So we must just push on against all odds keeping our eyes on Christ our prize!

Today I pray that we will “Lift up our eyes to the hills” (Psalm 121:1) above all our challenges, above all our obstacles and go forward. Walking on water! Doing the impossible! Trusting that our help comes from the Lord. The Lord who will not let our feet slip. The Lord who watches over is and neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:3-4). Amen!

8 thoughts on “Keeping our eyes on the prize

  1. Truly. It was not his faith but his sight. May we be strengthened to fix our eyes only on the Lord and not what prevails around us.

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  2. Truly. It was not his faith but his sight. May we be strengthened to fix our eyes only on the Lord and not what prevails around us.

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