Looking Upward

The disciples looked down – at the crowd, and at the paltry amount of food in their hands. Jesus looked up to God. Later that evening, when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, Peter believed Jesus enough to obey His command to join Him on the waves. But then Peter looked at the wind and the waves, and began to sink (14:29-30). Confronted with a man unable to hear or to speak, Jesus looked up to God in heaven and healed him (Mark 7:34). It all depends on where we look. If we focus on our material needs, we shall be consumed with worry. If we look at the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, and remember how God cares for them, we shall be filled with faith and peace. If we fix our eyes on what can be seen, we shall lose heart, for our “outward man is perishing,” but if we look to what is unseen, we shall be encouraged, for “the inward man is being renewed day by day,” because this “light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17). Jesus refused to be confined to what He could see with His eyes. Instead, He directed His attention to His invisible heavenly Father. Trusting in God, He worked mighty miracles. As we run the race that is set before us, let us, likewise, be constantly “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews12:2).