Did you know that ‘worry’ is actually a form of focus. Why would we want to focus on the things that we have no power to change. Why would we want to focus on the things that could go wrong? It’s crazy but we all have worried and are probably still worrying.
The account of Peter walking on the water is a great example of what you can accomplish when you focus on Jesus and not your situation or surroundings. Matthew 14:25-31 says:
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” He said.
Then 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!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” (NIV)
Peter was bold enough to step out in faith and walk on the water, even in the midst of the storm. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to do something that defied natural laws; he was walking in the supernatural, He was focused on the supernatural, He was focused on Jesus.
However, while he was walking in the supernatural, he began to look at the natural things that were taking place around him and fear overtook His faith.
How many times have we been like Peter, in the storms of life and started out with our focus on Jesus but got distracted by what was going on around us? Understand that everything the enemy orchestrates in our lives and in this world is to get us to take our eyes off Jesus.
Whatever you focus on is what you will head towards.
Worry became Peter’s focus and He was heading towards disaster.
But when Jesus became His focus, He was heading towards comfort in the King of Kings.
So, what will you choose to focus on?
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phil 4:6 (NLT)
When you feel out of control, when everything seems to be going wrong, it’s tempting to focus on your situation – remember, whatever you focus on is what you will head towards, so focusing on your worries only makes you head towards more worry! But prayer redirects your focus to where you should be going…which is to Jesus.
Are you worried about something today? Choose…
…and remember to Thank God in advance like the scripture says.
– Sister Kanayo