Evening Encouragement, Focus

Good evening friends. This week is Holy Week and all of us are all looking forward to Easter.  Since we have been locked down since Easter last year, we are looking all the more readily at Easter this year as a renewal; a new start. But we must make sure our new start is safe. Carelessness got us as a world in a mess so we must remain focused on safety precautions. Today’s devotion in Quiet Times with God, asks the question – “Where is our focus?”  

I have been watching the series on The Chosen  on Up TV and every time someone portrays Peter, we see Peter’s impetuousness, not in a violent way but a passionate way. Peter flys by the seat of his heart. I think that is what Jesus knew about Peter. Jesus knew if He could ever get Peter to understand and follow through by focusing on His mission, there would be no stopping him.  And that pretty much was how it was, even though he lost his focus multiple times. The impetuous act that helps me the most with my focus is Peter trying to walk to Jesus on the water.  Matthew 14:28-30.

He believed! He knew….but he could not  maintain his focus on Christ.  I think we identify well with Peter because we see ourselves in him. We have a big advantage that Peter didn’t have, we have the Bible. But if we don’t stay focused on its teachings, we too will be easily distracted. Tonight’s words of encouragement in Jesus Calling Evening addition reminds us that circumstances of life can be scary, hard and seem dark beyond our capabilities to withstand.  But regardless of how it all may seem, God assures us it will be glorious and to be patient, have faith and trust God to do the  driving. 

Relax in His wonderful love and have a safe and peaceful evening.  As you breathe in his love and feel His peace come around you, remember to show kindness as God has shown us kindness.

And remember…God’s got this. 

3 thoughts on “Evening Encouragement, Focus

  1. Anita, I like Peter. He was such an exuberant, honest man. And yes, impetuous. But, oh, that more of us would live with his passion, not so afraid of making a mistake that we don’t try, we don’t believe with our whole hearts, we don’t call out to Jesus. May we continue to grow in keeping our focus on Jesus, even as Peter learned to do.

    I hope your Easter is a special one!

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful reminder. As I read, the words of John 16:33 came to my heart as Jesus said to His disciples just prior to His arrest: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)
    Our peace is in Jesus, regardless of our circumstance, which we all know can be difficult at times. Yet even then, or maybe especially then, Jesus provides us His peace. We need only receive it.
    Blessings,
    Pastor Chuck

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