The Fatal Attraction of Distraction

Matthew 14:22-33 says, “22And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
 
 
Many give Peter a rough time because he begin to sink, but many fall into this very same trap spiritually, not to mention the number of cowards who were not bold enough to even step out of the boat. Peter was able to do the very same thing that Jesus did, which was walk on water, but the moment Peter got distracted, focusing his attention on the storm rather than Jesus Christ, he began to sink, and he would have drowned had he not called upon Jesus and aligned his focus back on Him. His magnification of his surroundings more than his intimacy with Christ caused him to be introduced to the fatal attraction of distraction!
 
If we are not careful in guarding the senses of our spirit, we can fall victim to being fatally attached to distractions that pull us away from the one-on-one intimacy with Christ. By prioritizing people, sports, work, and even ministry above our relationship with God, we function in an unhealthy balance, which becomes spiritually fatal if we do not put a stop to these bad habits. It is all about keeping your eyes on Jesus, and when you do, you will be able to walk on what more people sink in. They will look and be amazed, and then God will receive all of the glory because you laid every idol of distraction down at the altar of repentance. By turning to Christ, knowing He is bigger than any storm you can ever face in this life, you will have the strength to endure and overcome!