Daily Devotional
Keep Looking to Jesus

“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’”

Matthew 14:27


Ponder This

Sometimes I ask a friend, "How are you doing?" He’ll say, “Oh, I'm doing pretty well under the circumstances." How did he ever get under there?

Dear friend, don't look at circumstances. If you look at circumstances, you're going to fall.

Remember when Peter and the other disciples were in the boat on the Sea of Galilee, the waves were dangerous, and Jesus came walking toward them on the water? Peter saw Him and said, "Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come to Thee on the water." The Master said, "Come."

Peter got out of the boat and started walking. I can imagine his heart was jumping with joy. "This is wonderful!" Then an unkind wave slapped him in the face. He looked around and said, "This is impossible." And it was. He started to sink.

What happened? Peter simply failed to keep looking to Jesus. He looked at circumstances, that's all.

Listen, there are plenty of waves around us, but you’d better get your eyes off them and on Jesus. Don't look at yourself. Some Christians are always looking at themselves, examining themselves, taking themselves apart piece by piece—morbid introspection. Just take one glance to see that you're no good—none of us are—and that'll do. From there on, look to the Lord Jesus!

Everything that threatened to be over Peter's head was already under Jesus' feet. Don't forget: Jesus was walking on that water!

Practice This

Circumstances are like a mattress. You're supposed to be on it, not under it. Under the circumstances, you suffocate; above them, you rest pretty well. Take your eyes off self and circumstances. Fix your eyes only on Jesus.

FOR YOUR GIFT TO THE MINISTRY

Read the New Adrian Rogers Biography

Adrian Rogers as the Moon Port Pastor

This biography, written by Dr. Phil Kramer, covers Pastor Rogers’ early years of ministry in Merritt Island, Florida. Merritt Island, nicknamed the “Moon Port,” was a major hub for scientists and astronauts during the race to the moon in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Pastor Rogers saw his purpose to “point men beyond the stars" and soon he became known as the “Moon Port Pastor.” As you read how these ministry years became foundational to Pastor Rogers' leadership development, your commitment to the Word of God will be fortified and your leadership skills will challenged and encouraged.