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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Focusing on Jesus"

June 3, 2003

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Hebrews 12:2 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."

After picking up her photographs at the developer one day, a young traveler was disappointed to discover that many of her vacation pictures were blurry images of unrecognizable objects. She had failed to focus her camera.

The apostle Peter learned about the necessity of proper focusing when Jesus called him to walk on water. When he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was fine. But when he looked around at the wind, fear engulfed him, and he began to sink (Matthew 14: 22-31). He had the wrong focus.

Such is our experience at times. We don't focus on Jesus, but rather on our circumstances. Then we begin to doubt God's care of us. Confusion and fear may drown us.

The writer to the Hebrews counsels us to "fix our eyes on Jesus." We are to look to Him, meditate on Him, and consider the sufferings and shame He underwent to redeem us. Such a focus will assure us of His immeasurable love for us and give us confidence that He will keep us and perfect the faith He has begun in us. God supplies our needs, guides us through our perplexities, and comforts us always. What an encouraging picture!

PRAYER: Help me, dear Lord Jesus, to focus not on my circumstances, but on You, my Life and my Salvation. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 61-62, 65    John 13:21-38

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