I have many family members and friends in the military. I’m sure many of you know a few people who are in the military. They come home with those classic military stories, telling tales that fascinate us and leave us awestruck. Telling us, in great detail, what they’ve done for our country.

One time, I befriended a man in the National Guard while taking medical courses. He would often explain that he was over-qualified for that particular course but was forced to take it anyway. He was a medic in the Guard and had to undergo extensive training. It was no simple job and it did require a lot of special skills that many of us could not handle.

One main skill is focus. Sure, most of us would say that we are pretty good at focusing. But, in the military, you have to have a special kind of focus. While in war, a medics job is to operate on the wounded soldiers. They would have to operate while bombs, gun shots, and awful screams were sounding all around them. But their patients lives were in their hands. They can’t look at every sound, they have to focus on their on patients, no matter the background noise and vibrations.

I recall one time, many soldiers went on the beaches of Normandy, France. Many soldiers were slaughtered just trying to get on the beach, due to the machine guns being mounted on the mountain. But the soldiers who were wounded, still alive, military field medics were on the job trying to stop the bleeding and keep their patients alive. Often than not, a medic would work on a few patients at a time. The machine guns were still going off and the bombs were still exploding. But that medic had to remain focused on his patients or else they would surely die of loss of blood. This was a difficult task, but nevertheless it had to be done.

It isn’t only the medics in the military who have a harsh time with focusing. Many other members of our military struggle with it. But if they did not focus on their patient, the patient would surely have died.

We understand that if we want to succeed in anything, it will require focus. Whether it is focusing on our careers, on our education, or even on our small house projects, without focus we cannot achieve anything. This is a common truth that also applies with our relationship with God. Often times than not, even during prayers, we are not 100% focused on God. We’re more focused on everything that is going on around us rather than being focused on God.

The truth is, if we focus on God 100%, we will succeed in everything else in life. As we see in God’s Word, we need to place God first and everything else will come into place accordingly:

Matthew 6:31-33 KJV
[31] Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? [32] (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. [33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Jesus tells us not to worry about the necessities of life, but to just focus on God. If we just keep our focus on God, everything else will come after to us. We get further assurance of this truth by the mouth of David, in the first Psalm:

Psalm 1:1-3 KJV
[1] Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. [3] And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

There is an important truth to the above verses. I urge you to reread them and let the truth settle in your Spirit.

Have you ever grown trees? Trees need water. It wouldn’t be too intelligent to plant a tree in a desert because it won’t get any water. Trees need plenty of water. Notice what the righteous man is compared to: He is compared to a tree planted by rivers of water! He doesn’t need to worry about getting more water when he is supposed to be producing fruit because he is by rivers. The important words are “and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”. But there’s a catch to this: These verses are referring to righteous men who follow God.

One good biblical example of keeping focus on Jesus and following God is portrayed in the following verses:

Matthew 14:24-31 KJV
[24] But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. [25] And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. [26] And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. [27] But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. [28] And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. [29] And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. [30] But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. [31] And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

The setting is pretty self explanatory. There was a bit of a small storm that was going against the ship. It was during the fourth watch of the night (about 3AM). But Jesus goes on the water and His disciples, being superstitious, thinks of Him as a ghost or a spirit.

The main thing that we will be looking at is how Peter starts to walk on water. He was doing great when he was looking at Jesus, focusing on Him. But the moment he looked at the horrible winds, he became afraid and he started to sink in the water. Right then, Jesus helped Peter up.

Notice that Peter was doing good until he started looking at the winds and waves around him instead of looking at Jesus Christ. Sometimes in life, we each have our storms that we will encounter. But we will get through it if we can keep our focus on Jesus Christ. If we can keep our eyes on Him, we will of course get through that storm. But the moment we look at the storms around us (whether they be financial trouble, education trouble, whatever your trial is), that is when we will become afraid and start to sink. Jesus asked Peter, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Or, in modern English, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Whenever we become afraid, that is doubt. We no longer trust God and, in result, we start to sink in life as Peter did in the water.

Brothers, sisters, and children of God, right now I encourage you to look past that storm that is going on around you. Look beyond what you’re currently facing. Keep your focus on The Lord Jesus Christ, not the troubles around you, and I promise that you will get through this tough spot in your life. Keep the faith. Keep your eyes on Jesus. May God bless you and keep you.