Keeping Your Eyes Fixed on the Son
Keep your eyes on the prize. It’s so normal for us to avert our attention from what matters most, but our eyes ought to be fixed on Jesus! If you’re anything like me, that is not usually your default. When presented with tremendous blessing or tremendous stress, too often my eyes are fixed on myself. When I am struck down by trials, too often my eyes are fixed on my surroundings and the world around me. I look for a way out or an answer to the problems. I often feel like Peter when Jesus calls him out onto the water.
So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29-30)
It’s a classic application for the passage: when you take your eyes off of Jesus you start to sink. My eyes come off Jesus when I’m struggling as a parent or husband. Difficulty is bound to come sooner or later, and without a proper focus, my foundation turns to liquid beneath my feet. I look to my worldly wisdom and think, “If I yell at my kids they will listen and obey.” I look to entertainment and think, “If I turn on a movie I won’t have to apologize for hurting my wife’s feelings.” When verbalized, it is so clearly not the right answer to my struggle. Yet I still do it. It takes conditioning and practice to do it right when the time comes. Isn’t it the easy way that leads us away from Jesus? It’s the hard path that draws us toward Him; the path up and over, the path across, the path that stretches on and out of view.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills - From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
Our needs are unending, and the world boasts from every direction that it has the ability to meet us in our helplessness. We know from experience that the world’s solutions will always leave us wanting. Jesus says it best to the Samaritan woman at the well, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again" (John 4:13). This is the world we live in; a thirsty, starving world. Jesus reassures the woman, "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst" (John 4:14). This is our hope in times of need. This is the God who hears us and helps us as we cry out.
We should make it a priority to look to the Lord in all things, good and bad alike. We must look to him in anxiety, blessing, busyness, peace, stress, joy, anger, restlessness, victory, fear, power, and persecution. In every season we look to the Son. When trial comes, look to the Son. When blessing comes, look to the Son. Lay it all at the feet of Jesus; our firm foundation, our living water, and our bread of life.