Day 8 – Stay Focused
“…So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But
when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. Matthew 14:30
Sometimes when we start our journey in faith it can seem very exciting and even thrilling. “Yes, I’m gonna do it.” “I’m gonna have it.” “We’re gonna build it.” However, along the way there can be strong winds and high waves. I have often said that when God tells us to do something or to take a faith journey, He usually doesn’t give us a weather forecast. There are no guarantees that there won’t be some traffic delays, accidents along the way, or even pot holes. Everything doesn’t always go as we planned but that doesn’t change the fact that God told us to do it.
In the scripture passage above, Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and said “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come.” Jesus gave him one word: “Come.” That one word from Jesus was enough to both encourage and empower Peter to step out of the boat and walk on the water to Jesus. One word from God can change the entire trajectory of your life. Unfortunately, when Peter focused more on the winds and the waves more than he focused on the word, he began to sink. It is very important to note that the winds and the waves didn’t start after he started walking on the water toward Jesus, they were already there. Verse 24 says that the ship was already “tossed with waves” and “the wind was contrary.”
Despite the weather conditions along our journey of faith, stay focused on the word that you heard and believed to start the journey. The late “King of Gospel Music,” James Cleveland, once wrote a song that says: “I don’t feel no ways tired, I’ve come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy but I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me.” As you continue on your journey of faith – STAY FOCUSED.
Faith Stretching Exercises
1. Write down the word you heard or the scripture you read that caused you to start this journey of faith.
2. Confess this daily: “I’m on my way to ________ and nothing will distract me.”