We’ve all heard it, "Dont look down!" Watching a movie of someone in danger or maybe you were climbing a cliff or doing some other altitude activity. And you heard it, "Don’t look down." Why? What is it about looking down that seems to inflict fear or bring a downfall.
When we look down, we begin to imagine what it would be like to fall. How terrible it would be. What would happen to us . . . We think about the possibility of failure, and we get paralyzed. It can be the same way in our Christian life.
In Matthew 14 we find the account of Peter walking on the water with Jesus. Jesus was walking on the water and Peter asked to join Him. Jesus welcomed him on the water. As Peter was walking toward Him, he stopped looking at Jesus, and looked at the raging storm around him. He looked down.
Immediately, Peter began to sink. As soon as he began to sink, he cried out to Jesus. Jesus caught Him and Peter was saved from the storm. In short, the key is this, If we focus on the troubles, trials, and storms of life, we will find ourselves succumbing to them. If however, we put our eyes on Jesus, we can rise above the trials and walk with Him.
So I would challenge you, don’t look at the trials and troubles of this life, You do not have to live your life subject to them. Look to Jesus, ask Him to empower you to rise above your trials. It is not our calling to simply survive, it is our calling to walk in victory. We can live unaffected by fear if we will only look to Him.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." – Isaiah 26:3
Don’t look down. Look up!