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Keep My Eyes

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Reading: Mark 4: 35-41

Verse 41: “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him”!

One of the things Jesus taught about just before getting into the boat was about the lamp on a stand. He reminded the crowd (and the disciples) that faith was something that was put on a stand to bring out whatever was hidden in the dark corners and to open what is concealed there. Jesus concludes this teaching with the statement that whoever has faith will be given more and that whoever does not have faith, even what little they have will be lost.

As the seas got choppy and the water level in the boat began to rise, the disciples had a choice to make. They could turn their focus to God to seek His protection and help. Or they could keep their eyes on the storm and the wind and the rising water level in the boat. Often in our lives we come to the same point. Our decision is the same: do we turn to our own powers or do we allow fear to take over or do we simply give up?

He was right there in the boat. I can envision sone of the disciples looking to Jesus and then to the waves, looking to Jesus asleep in the stern and then looking to the rising waves. With each glance away a bit of their faith ebbed away. With each longer gaze upon the rising waters, a bit more of their faith ebbed away. Again, so it is with us. If only we could look to Jesus at the first hint of rain and then keep our eyes on Him alone. If only we could choose to allow Him to be our all in all.

With just a few words Jesus banishes the fear and doubt and worry that had been building with each wave. An absence of faith, a moment of doubt – they allow the deceiver room to bring in thoughts of doubt and fear and worry. After being awakened and calming the storm, Jesus asks, “Do you still have no faith”? Instead of grasping the moment and allowing their faith to grow, the disciples ask, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him”! It can be easy to do. They are caught up in the miracle and not in the miracle-maker. It can be so easy to do. So we pray, Lord, keep my eyes focused on you and you alone. Help me to see you and not just the amazing things you do. Ground my faith in your love and care. Be my all in all today and each day. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Keep My Eyes

  1. THE CONFLICT BETWEEN GOD AND STAN RAGES IN THE SPIRIT WORLD AND UPON EARTH. KNOWING HIS TIME IS SHORT . THE DEVIL INTENSIFIES HIS EFFORTS TO DAM MENS AND WOMEN, SOULS AND TO DESTROY THE WORK OF GOD.

    AN EVIDENCE OF A PERSON OF FAITH, IS HIS BURDEN FOR THE SPIRIT UAL GOOD OF OTHERS.
    INTERCESSORY PRAYERS REACHES THE HEART OF GOD.
    THERE NO GIFT GREATER THEN A PRAYER YOU SAY, AND MEAN WITH ALL YOUR HEART, TO GOD, ITS WORTH MORE THEN ALL THE GOLD IN THE WORLD.

    INTERCESSION HAS A WAY OF HELPING THE INTERCESSOR TO UNDERSTAND THE HEART AND WILL OF GOD.
    EVERY PERSON OF FAITH WILL FACE TEST OF THEIR COMMITMENT.
    WALK WITH GOD, OBEY HIS WORDS.
    THE TEST OF FAITH, IS TO TRUST AND OBEY HIS WORDS.
    😊

  2. IM OFF TODAY TO MY DAUGHTERS, FOR THE WEEKEND, WILL TAKE MY TAB, WITH ME SO I DONT MISS WHAT GOD GIVES YOU TO SAY. ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺

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