Book: Proverbs 4
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”
How easy it is to be sidetracked, diverted or wander from the straight and narrow path. Years ago I remember watching Fear Factor where contestants had to ride a bike across a 12 inch beam between two tall buildings (Yes they had a safety harness on.). Very few of them made it and those who did focused straight ahead to the end and went across at a speed that would keep their bike tires from wandering. Those who looked down at the ground far below and those who tried to slowly work their way across were the ones who failed. They ended up free falling for a couple of stories, then dangled in the air until they were gently lowered to the ground.
In Matthew 14:22-33 Peter got out of the boat and walked on water towards Jesus when He called him. Peter did fine until he lost his focus on Jesus and engaged in the reality of his surroundings. He was terrified when he saw the big waves and gusting storm. As a result he started to sink. After Jesus reached out and grabbed him He said, “You have so little faith, why did you doubt me?” Peter doubted Him when he stopped looking straight ahead at Jesus and instead focused on the situation around him.
God has not promised that we will live life free of difficulties. Just like Peter, there will be storms and waves. During both the good and tough times we need to rely on Jesus for the answers and next steps for issues that come up. Our faith in Him is our safe place. Satan will try to distract us and cause doubt, but God calls us to believe in Him.
What examples do you have in your life where you acted like Peter and what examples do you have of fixing your eyes on Jesus through tough times? Ask the Lord to help keep your eyes on Him today.