Good Morning August 13

Where are our eyes? The Gospel lesson this past Sunday was from Matthew 14. Jesus came to the disciples on the storm tossed Galilean lake. He called to His men who were struggling and afraid in the fishing boat. The text says that Peter got out of the boat and began to walk toward the Lord on the water.(vs.29) When Jesus invited Peter to come to Him, He didn’t first still the storm. In the midst of the storm He simply said, “Come”. As long as Peter’s eyes were on Jesus he continued to walk forward. When his eyes fell from Jesus to the raging sea he began to sink. We face many storms in life, and they just don’t go away. That is the nature of our fallen world. Writing to the Corinthians, Paul tells of a serious problem he had. He writes, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”(II C.12:8-9) Paul found that strength, as did Peter, because their eyes were on the Lord Jesus. No part of life is ever going to be exactly the way we want it. Yet, our strength is not in the smooth going, it is in our Lord who walks with us whether the seas are stormy or calm. That’s where our eyes need to be.