Fix Your Gaze
Devotional by John Carlos
Many of us know Jesus walked on water but did you know He wasn’t the only person to walk on water? The apostle Peter also walked on water as we can read about in Matthew 14:25-33. Take a minute to read that portion of scripture before we continue.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, [a ]“ Be of good cheer! [b ] It is I; do not be afraid.”2 8 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”29 S o He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw [ c ]that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 3 2 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 T hen those who were in the boat [ d]came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”(NKJV)
After reading this did you notice what determined whether or not Peter was able to walk on water? It was his gaze. In other words, it was what he was looking at. When he kept his eyes on Jesus everything was fine but as soon as he took them off of Him he sank. You may be wondering, “How does this relate to me?” Well, in our walk with Christ there will be times He calls us into what seems like impossible situations. However, if we keep our eyes fixed on Him (reading our bibles, spending time in prayer, spending time in worship, going to church, ect.) we will overcome those situations just fine. However, if we don’t then like Peter over situations will overwhelm us and we’ll sink. Make the decision today if you haven’t already that you’re going to fix your eyes on Jesus and not your situations.