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).
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.
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。