Keeping Focused in the Storm

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Jan 27, 2017

Dear Friends,

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how God meets us, and brings us through chaotic times. Closely related to this truth is the importance of remaining focused in the midst of the storm.

During chaotic times, many of us are distracted. We can easily become bombarded with too much information in today’s culture. There are too many things that compete for our attention and for many, it is difficult to decide what to focus on or distinguish what to pay attention to.

Keeping focused is a common theme in Scripture. The Psalmist writes:” I keep my eyes always on the Lord, with Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8). Solomon writes in the Proverbs, “Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” The author of Hebrews writes: “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)

Jesus, in his earthly ministry constantly urged his disciples to remain focused on him. He promised His disciples that they would experience trouble, which would distract them from focusing on Him and what He had called them to do. There were, countless teachable moments, which Jesus used to drive home the necessity of remaining focused on Him.

We are reminded of Peter learning to walk…on water. One night, the disciples are in the boat together and Jesus approaches them, walking on the water. Not fully convinced it was Jesus, Peter cries out…”Command me to come to you on the water…” (Matt 14:28). Jesus says: ” Come!” Peter steps out of the boat, and onto the water. He begins to walk. After a few steps, he saw the wind and the waves and became afraid. Distracted by fear and unbelief, Peter sank. What is also true, is that when Peter cried out to Jesus to save him, Jesus reached out His hand and lifted Peter. Peter was not simply raised, but refocused. Jesus outstretched hand extends towards you and I as well. We need but to take hold of it!

In this age of information overload, some of us have allowed the competing forces to gain a foothold and affect our minds, bodies and souls. Information overload can have crippling effects on our lives and distorts reality for many of us. Not unlike Peter, fear and uncertainty tug at us. Concerns about finances, social status, safety or world events etc, distract us from focusing on what really matters and clouds our view of life eternal.

Where is your focus?

What are you distracted by?

Jesus is in the midst of the storm, walking on the water towards you. Be assured that when we lose our focus, and cry out to Him, He will lift you.