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Wednesday Devotional: Focusing on Jesus in the Face of Obstacles

Isaiah 14: 27

I really should read my own books sometimes.

I've been fretting over details of publishing my new book, From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone: How Jesus Urges Us to Take Leaps of Faith for His Kingdom, even losing some sleep last night. Then I realized I need to follow the advice of one of its chapters, called, "Looking at Jesus Rather than Obstacles." Its main premise is that the Apostle Peter could walk on water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, but when he looked at the obstacles - the wind and the waves - he sank.

I've been guilty of looking at the wind and the waves and not keeping my eyes on Jesus.

I founded Cecil Taylor Ministries because I felt God's call and felt that I was following His will. If I believe that God wants to work through my ministry, then why do I doubt the details?

Thinking of the praise song, "Who Can Stop the Lord Almighty?" has helped me. It seems to be based on Isaiah 14: 27:

For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?

His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

So many times, God's exact will may not be apparent to us. But as we step out in faith from our comfort zones into new trust zones, we can have confidence that Jesus is with us and that He will work with us to accomplish His purpose. Yes, there will be plenty of details, ups and downs, twists and turns, but in the end, it will all come together according to God's will.

What winds and waves do you experience in your life? Do you focus on them? Or do you keep your eyes on Jesus instead? How would your life look different if you did?

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