Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Title: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
By: Amanda Foo
Text: Matthew 14:22-33

Many of us are familiar with the miracle of Jesus walking on water. Its significance can be seen in its recount in three of the four gospels (Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52 and John 6:16-24). Today, we look specifically at Matthew’s account – the only one which records Peter’s response to the situation.

After Jesus feeds the 5,000, the disciples go before Him by boat to the other side, while Jesus retreats to the mountain by Himself to pray. As a storm overtakes the boat in the fourth watch of night (between 3 to 6 AM), the disciples look out and see a form approaching them in the dark. Someone (or something) was walking towards them across the water! They cry out in terror, to which Jesus responds, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Staying true to his impulsive nature, Peter asks for permission to join his Master on the waves. It is given, and Peter courageously steps out of the boat. Lo and behold, Peter is walking on water too! Alas, it doesn’t last long as he soon gets afraid of the strong winds that are blowing against him.

Peter had taken his eyes off Jesus and focused on the winds. Immediately after Peter’s cry for help, Jesus reaches out and pulls him up. Jesus then said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Have you noticed that Peter didn’t sink like a rock in the water? It was a gradual process, which in itself is grace extended, as this gave Peter time to cry out to Jesus. As he was sinking, Peter quickly turned his focus back on Jesus, which delivered him out of the peril. How often we allow life’s circumstances to overwhelm us, driving faith out of our hearts. But it’s not too late, we can still turn our eyes back to Jesus and trust Him with our circumstances.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV) says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Only by keeping our eyes on Jesus can we endure the Christian life and have a faith that lasts to the finish line. The life of faith has many storms, but there is an everlasting joy that awaits us that is beyond all comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Let us not be afraid to ask for God’s help to accomplish great things. When Peter asked for permission to walk on water, Jesus said, “Come.” God is happy to empower us as we seek to live lives that glorify Him.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Prayer:
Jesus, we surrender our circumstances to You today. Often times we forget Lord, that You are above all things and have overcome all things. We turn our eyes back to You O Lord, the author and perfector of our faith. Help us to trust and obey. In Jesus’ most precious Name we pray, Amen.

每日灵粮
星期二,2021年6月29日
标题:转眼仰望耶稣
作者:符伟敏姐妹
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹
经文:马太福音14:22-33

我们很多人都熟悉耶稣在海面上行走的神迹。四部福音书中的三部(马太福音14:22-33,马可福音6:45-52和约翰福音6:16-24) 都提到这事迹,从而可以知道它的重要性。今天,我们特别关注马太的记载 – 唯一记录彼得对那时情况的反应的记述。

耶稣喂饱五千人后,门徒先乘船渡到对岸去,而耶稣则独自退到山上祷告。夜里四更天 (凌晨3点到6点之间),风暴来袭,门徒向外望,看到一个形体在黑暗中向他们走过来。有人(或什么东西)在水面上正向他们走来!他们惊恐喊叫,耶稣对他们说:“你们放心,是我,不要怕。”

基于彼得冲动的天性,他请求允许与他的主在海浪上。他的请求被应允了,彼得勇敢地踏出船外。看哪,彼得也在水面上行走!唉,没多久他很快就因为迎面吹来的强风而感到惧怕了。

彼得把目光从耶稣身上移开而专注于风。彼得一呼救,耶稣就赶紧伸手把他拉上来。耶稣说:“你这小信的人哪,为什么疑惑呢?”

您有没有留意到彼得并没有像石头一样沉下去水里?这是一个渐进的过程,它本身就是恩典的延续,因而给了彼得时间向耶稣呼求。当彼得下沉时,他很快地把注意力转回到耶稣身上,耶稣把他从险境里救出来。多少次,我们任由生活的境遇压倒我们,驱逐我们心中的信念。但现在还不太迟,我们仍然可以把目光转向耶稣,把我们的处境交托给祂。

希伯来书12:1-2(和合本)说:“我们既有这许多的见证人,如同云彩围着我们,就当放下各样的重担,脱去容易缠累我们的罪,存心忍耐,奔那摆在我们前头的路程,仰望为我们信心创始成终的耶稣。祂因那摆在前面的喜乐,就轻看羞辱,忍受了十字架的苦难,便坐在神宝座的右边。”

只有定睛在耶稣的身上我们才可以承受基督徒的生活,并拥有持续到终点的信心。信心的生活充满风暴,但却有着无可比拟永恒的喜乐等着我们 (哥林多后书4:17)。

让我们不要害怕祈求上帝的帮助去完成大事。当彼得请求允准他在水面上行走时,耶稣说:“你来吧。” 当我们寻求过荣耀祂的生活时,上帝乐意赋予我们能力。

神能照着运行在我们心里的大力,充充足足地成就一切,超过我们所求所想的。但愿祂在教会中,并在基督耶稣里,得着荣耀,直到世世代代,永永远远。阿们!(以弗所书3:20-21)

祈祷:

耶稣,我们今天把我们的处境交托给祢。主啊,我们常常忘记,祢超乎万有,胜过万有。我们把我们的目光转回,重新仰望祢,祢是为我们信心创始成终的主。帮助我们信靠顺服祢。我们奉主耶稣宝贵的名祷告,阿们。