Losing Perspective

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m using the classic devotional by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, to help me with my daily Bible reading.

In today’s devo, Oswald comments on the familiar story of Jesus walking on water to the disciples and then inviting Peter out of the boat to do the same.

. . . Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . . . —Matthew 14:29-30

Oswald says, “The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and ‘walked on the water.’ Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went.”

He goes on to say, “We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances.”

How many times have I said “Why, Lord, why?” when I should just be concerned with walking in faith, following Him, no matter the circumstance!

To be frank — for instance, right now I’m hearing nothing from God concerning my future, my purpose, or my calling. It’s been that way for a longgggg time now. Sure, I’m being convicted by the Holy Spirit when I screw up, but no burning bush moments… and,  daggone it, I want burning bush moments!

I keep asking God to talk to me, to tell me some wonderful secrets, to give me some monumental directive, and to pay attention to me in what seems to be (to me) a spiritual quagmire. “Why don’t you see me, God? Can’t you see I’m floundering here!?!”, I ask.

Aren’t I really doing the same thing Peter did? Aren’t my eyes more on the circumstances than on Jesus? Wait a minute. Don’t answer that.

A Yoda-like friend told me, “Okay, so you’re experiencing silence for a season. Doesn’t that mean you really have to trust God?”


About Tim Harrison

Saved by grace and living my faith out in the unshakeable Kingdom of God.
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3 Responses to Losing Perspective

  1. DFisher says:

    So true..many times I have stepped out with faith and then lose focus or change directions, allowing “stuff” to distract me. I deeply believe God wants me to simplify my life, so I’m going to make some changes and trust that God will keep my focus and guide my decisions.

    7 In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:7,8

  2. Craig Matherlee says:

    You know how it is when you have an argument with your wife (of course, I’m sure none of you have ever experienced that!) and you think things are all better but she is unusually quiet. After a while it begins to get at you and you ask her what’s wrong…her response “nothing”, you feel like its just a smoke screen so you keep asking…same response “nothing/silence”. You then begin to ask yourself, “hmmm, maybe there is something in me that needs to change? And then the lighbulb comes on. Silence from our Lord is not quite like that, its not meant to torture us but I think He uses it for us to deepen our relationship with him. Kinda like we do our children sometimes, we don’t just hand them the answer(which is what they want) we let them search a little first and give them little hints to head them in the right direction. Right Lord? Lord??? You there??? HELLOOOOO???? Dog gone it…

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