Looking At Jesus

Sometimes it’s very hard to keep our gaze on God when challenging circumstances vie for our attention. Peter learned this when he stepped out of the boat to walk on the water toward Jesus. Peter literally walked on water – until he looked at the waves. It was only then that he began to sink! He took his eyes off the Savior and fixed them on the storm. The good news is, Jesus didn’t let him sink. He grabbed Peter’s hand and helped him back into the boat to safety. Jesus does the same for us when we focus on Him and not our circumstances. He doesn’t always calm the storm around us, but He does take our hand and calm the one within. He gives the power and strength to do what oftentimes seems impossible. Always.

Climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:29-31)

[Jesus] said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, asking on another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey Him!” (Luke 8:25)

So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (II Corinthians 4:18)

Lord, no matter what happens today, I know that You are aware and in control. Give me the discipline to focus on You and not any circumstance that could cause doubt to enter my thoughts. I only want to see You – the One whose hand is over my life.


This is the last excerpt from 100 Days of Faith Over Fear by Lisa Stilwell. If you have enjoyed this series, you would love the full devotional book, 100 Days of Faith Over Fear. You can shop this book and all DaySpring Books and Devotionals here.