Today: Eyes on Jesus—and trust.
Don’t focus on your inner doubts or outer circumstances.
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the 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. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
Sometimes I wrongly think of God’s action in our world like lowering a ladder down from heaven so I can crawl up. A better image would be a helicopter rescue, where they lower a basket. All you have to do is get in.
Certainly trust involves your participation, but the effort is to cooperate with what God wants to do, not to make something happen on your own.