As 2016 drew to an end, I considered all I’d seen and heard throughout the year – particularly the end of it. I considered how one election seemed to divide the church. I considered how many people felt as if the end of the world had just arrived. How fear ran rampant. I considered how many were relieved that it hadn’t. And those people rejoiced. And I “selahed.” I took moments to consider God’s Word and what He has to say about all that.

Too often we look at the world around us, and we get caught up in the fears our circumstances command. We pray and we quote Scripture, and we tell our friends our deepest feelings, knowing they’ll sympathize with us. They’ll nod their heads and offer a word or two, share a story of their own. And we walk away placated. For now, the world is uprighted once again.

But that’s not what God wants.

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What we need to do in these times is to walk by faith and not by sight. Putting all of our trust in Him. What did Jesus tell Peter when he walked out on the water and then began to sink? Let’s take a look:

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to

Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out

saying, “Lord, save me!”

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why

did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. {Matthew 14:27-31}

He talked about Peter’s faith – moreso his lack of it. Peter doubted that Jesus had commanded him to come to Him on the water. Because once Peter took that step of faith, he looked away from Jesus. He became distracted by the boisterous winds.

How often do we get distracted from God’s truths by the voices of the people around us? Whether they’re well-meaning friends or lobbyists or even the voice in our own heads. Will we believe what the physical world is shouting or what God’s Word has held as truth for all of eternity?

Will you trust God with your future, or will you spend your lifetime worrying about what’s to come? If you were in God’s Word and believed Him in all His fullness, you wouldn’t worry about what’s to come. You’d rest in knowing that He has everything under control and that no matter what decisions those around us make, we have nothing and no one to fear but Him. He is the only One who holds our life in His hands. And He knows exactly what we need to endure it.

Q for U: When you look up, what scares you the most? What voice calls loudest? Now, what does God’s Word say about that? Write it down. Put it somewhere you can read it any time that voice calls out or you look up and fear what you find. Speak the truth of God’s Word into that situation. And live.