“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear
fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine,
so neither can you unless you abide in Me…”

John 15:4, NAS

As a father, I am absolutely thrilled when one of my children comes to me with not only needs, but also love. Jesus indicated that this was the secret of being released from the load of being “weary and heavy-laden.” (Matthew 11:28) He wants to give us “rest,” but only if we come and abide in Him.

Are you trusting Jesus, not only for the death that He died but also for the saving life that He wants to live through you? He wants you to be totally dependent on His life in and through you as you daily relate every issue to His all-sufficiency. David said, “I have set the Lord always before me.” (Psalm 16:8) Your faith is strengthened by “looking to Jesus,” which literally means to look off and away to Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2)

Many travel, though sometimes timidly, in airplanes. In flying, I rest in the law of aero-dynamics which is stronger than the law of gravity. I do not strive and strain, pushing down on the seat and flapping my arms like wings. I look to the pilot, rest in the plane, and rise above that which would pull me down. Peter discovered the same principle when Jesus called, “Come,” during the raging sea storm. As long as he looked to Jesus, the Wave-Walker, and not at the salty spray and surging waves, he moved in the miraculous.

QUESTION: What waves are raging in your life and can you see Jesus walking through the storm? Are you frantically flapping your arms, treading water or are you “looking to Jesus”?