ATTENTION! Your Immediate Response Is Needed!
It happens all the time. Something or someone is vying for our attention all the time. And their urgency often becomes your problem! If we are not careful, we will find ourselves consumed with whatever stole our attention to the forgetfulness of what or who originally had it. For instance, have you been driving in a car with your children and you asked them how their day was, fully intending to focus all your attention on them. And yet, within 5 minutes, you are thinking about what is next on the “to-do” list. 10 minutes later, you “wake up” to your children asking you if you heard them. Your attention was totally stolen away from them. You lost your focus.
There’s a story about this in the Bible in Matthew 14:
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
“But when he saw”. Peter turned his focus on the winds and became afraid. How often are our lives distracted and we lose focus? Our lives are peppered with all kinds of problems that tend to take precedence over our relationship with God. Instead of God being our focus, our problems get our attention. This usually results in discouragement, depression, anger, control, frustration, fatigue, short-tempered, etc. Not good. Satan would absolutely love for us to GAZE at our problems and GLANCE at God. We must learn to:
GLANCE at our problems, and GAZE at God
Proverbs 4:25 says it like this:
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.”
We don’t look at the past, nor our problems. We keep our eyes firmly focused on the One who goes before us, paving the way to our victory! So, what are you looking at right now? Maybe it’s time to refocus our gaze on Jesus.
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