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Sept. 12 Devotion: Taking Your Eyes Off Jesus

Taking Your Eyes Off Jesus

Matthew 14:28-30 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. [29] And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. [30] But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Such a familiar portion of Scripture. I don’t know how many messages I personally have heard preached or taught from these verses. There is so much to take out of these verses. We see what happened to Peter as he took his eyes off Jesus. As soon as he seen the wind he began to sink. The question I’d like to ask today is this: Why do we take our eyes off Him when things start going well? Like Peter I’m sure most of us call out to the Lord when we begin to sink. All of us face trials. We are all going to face difficult circumstances. However, why do some seem to face trials head on and some seem to sink in those trials? When we get our eyes off Jesus we begin to see the trial we are in more than we see Jesus. Those that keep their eyes on Jesus know that whatever comes their way He is still in control. Those that get consumed by that trial have too often taken their eyes off Him. Things have been going so smoothly for so long that they’ve stopped looking to Jesus in their everyday walk. It’s possible some have become complacent and are just satisfied with where the are. They don’t spend time with the Lord on a daily basis. Some have just gotten too comfortable. Everything has gone so good for so long they’ve just stopped seeing their need for Him. They just look at it like “I got this.” Some might not even cherish the Lord the way we should. Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Have you lost sight of what He has done for you? Do you not love Him the way you once did? Do you not cherish the time you get to spend with Him? Do you keep your eyes on Jesus or do you tend to lose sight of Him when everything seems to be going well?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson


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