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What is Unseen

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is Peter walking on water with Jesus.

“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “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?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”” Matthew‬ ‭14:22-33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This is a prime example of what happens when we take our eyes off Jesus and start looking around at our surroundings instead.

We start to sink.

There’s a reason we are supposed to place our focus on our Savior.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Outwardly all around us, things are wasting away. Unrealized dreams, disappointment and discontentment, loss of loved ones & friendships. It would be easy to start to sink into despair if our focus were only on those things.

Jesus faced all those things too, you know. He dealt with all our human emotions while He walked this earth.

His friends betrayed him.

He wanted so badly for people to accept His gift of grace, but some people still walked away from Him.

But that’s why we are told to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith” because in all those situations Jesus exemplified what it looks to walk this difficult roads with faith and love and grace and mercy at the forefront.

How can you follow in Jesus’s footsteps and keep your eyes on Him today, no matter what you are dealing with?

Happy Digging!

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