There’s a story in Matthew I bet you’re familiar with, a story where Peter lost focus and forgot something. Chapter 14, Jesus has his disciples get into a boat, but He continues on to pray alone. Before dawn Jesus heads out on the water to meet them, walking on water. Afraid, Peter cries, out, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31
Good Things are Wrong Things if they aren’t God Things
This year has felt like groups of waves, one after another. It’s hard to articulate all that has happened, continues to happen, and what still remains unresolved. Over the summer, I was actively engaged in social media about a lot of good things, racial justice, fear-mongering, spiritual-warfare, and a few political things. I began to feel heaviness as if I were being dragged out to sea, both seeing and receiving each crash and impact of the waves. Hopeless was a word that surfaced for me and several other women. The evil felt loud and silencing at the same time. Everything has become a divisive topic. Even really good things are the wrong things if we aren’t focused on God’s things.
Just like Peter, I engaged the water, but the more I stepped out, the more I realized I was trying to do all the things in my own strength. With my hands full, I took my eyes off of what God was truly asking of me. I was engaging topics for justice with good intentions, that I cared deeply about. God showed me something. In the process of engaging for justice, our call to action as believers hasn’t changed, but I was getting lost. In fact, in the chaos and noise, our faith needs to be bigger. When the enemy is great and the giant ahead of us seems impossible, God has already aligned us for victory, so we can confidently press on to fight from victory, not for it.
I Lost Focus
Our call as believers is not to right the wrong’s, that belongs to the Lord. I do believe that He will prompt people and position those in the season when they are to take further action. But our focus is to spread the word of Jesus, bringing the hope of salvation to all through a relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s it. That is always our call. That is always our battle to engage, and the main thing we are to remain focused on always. Even if the season, responsibilities, or prompting is different than the next person, the call is still the same. Jesus.
Keeping our eyes on Jesus is our hope. Jesus is our victor, Savior, and Redeemer. He is our place of safety, peace, rest, and victory. The other battles are very good ones and ones that still need to be fought. But how we engage matters. If we aren’t taking each step on the waves with our eyes and instruction tied into our Father, then we like Peter, our bound to sink.
If you are feeling this as well, I am so glad that we are in this together. Let me know what God has been revealing to you.
I would love to pray over us,
Dear Father, thank you that you are always faithful. Your word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The waves might be new and big to us, but they are not to you. All that has happened and will happen, you are already there and you have already won the battle. Help to strengthen my faith. Lord, I pray that I would remain focused on you and what you have called me to in this season. Please guard my eyes and mouth against the battles that are not mine to engage in, and guard me as I interact so I do not lose my witness. I’m sorry for the times that I have allowed the waves to overtake me, getting tossed about by the evil in the world, and forgetting that Your righteous hand is far bigger and stronger than anything the world throws. You are holy and worthy to be praised. We praise you that as your daughters, we fight from victory and not for it. We say, fear go, Holy Spirit come. Thank you for your love, for grace, and for mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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