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Set Your Eyes on Jesus

Weekly Devotionals

Set Your Eyes on Jesus

“Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:24-31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There are days I wake up and feel like the world is falling apart. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic and while South Korea has done an amazing job of keeping the number of infections at bay, the recent infections keeps us weary and alert. We’re at a point in the pandemic where we all know someone who has been affected.  Life is far from normal and the full impact on our economy and society as a whole is still not fully quantifiable but undeniably significant. In the middle of fear of infection and isolation the systemic injustices of my home country have been brought to light by several tragic and grossly injust deaths of our Black brothers and sisters. Their deaths triggered protests, rioting, and looting as well as more violent confrontations. In August my family and I will be returning to this mayhem, this storm.

I cried out to God one morning, “why do I have to go now?”  I didn’t hear a response audibly but in my heart I quickly got a reply “because I’m placing you there”.

While I may have peace about our decision to move, how I will navigate the storm is still a looming question.  The Scripture above provides some guidance.  At first, Peter confidently left the boat and began walking on water towards Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. When we set our eyes on Jesus we can confidently walk towards Him.  It’s when we notice our circumstances and are affected by them that we begin to sink.  I’m not saying to ignore our circumstances or the storms around us so that we could be deemed oblivious or delusional but rather we must set our eyes on Jesus despite our circumstances.  We must trust Him.  The importance of this is paramount during these times when there is so much divisiveness and causes that seem good and just.  I was having a conversation with a friend who was stressed about being in the US in fear of offending someone.  My response was “if you love like Jesus, you’ll be fine.”  If we set our eyes on Jesus we will weather the storm.  We will have hope that we will get through the pandemic.  We will have love to love our neighbors.  We will have faith to follow Jesus.