“’Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘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
Most of us have heard the Bible story of Peter walking on water. It’s commonly used to illustrate the type of bold faith we need to accomplish the impossible.
But lately, God has had me thinking more about the part where Peter sinks. I always used to wonder how he could possibly fall when Jesus was standing directly in front of him…but the fact is, he had a moment of losing focus.
In our technological world today, we are constantly surrounded by distractions. Never has there been a period in history where humans have been exposed to so much social knowledge—and it’s giving us all the more opportunity to lose our focus on the Truth of what God says about us.
I say “social knowledge” because never have we had such instant access to other people’s lives. Social media, the internet and cell phones have connected us in a way that have given us a 24/7 glimpse of every person we’ve ever known…and with that, has come the 24/7 ability to engage in comparison.
Distraction is the enemy’s greatest tool in diverting us from the life God has called us to live. If he can get us to doubt for even a second, he can get us to fall even while we’re in the middle of “walking on waves.”
Think about it…we can be doing great things with our lives, but the minute we look at the person beside us and begin comparing ourselves, we sink. Whether that’s mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically, the moment we look away from God’s call on our individual life, we fall into waves that look like low self-esteem, self-pity, contempt and bitterness.
Do you need to reset your focus today? Ask God to show you what has been a distraction…and then take hold of His hand and walk the waves.