He’s Not Going Anywhere

John 6:67-71 (NIV)

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

John 6:66 (NIV) says:

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

People couldn’t accept the hard teachings of Jesus and so they deserted Him. Then Jesus asks His twelve disciples if they were going to leave as well. Peter speaks for the group and asks where else they could go. They couldn’t go back to fishing or tax collecting. They had been with Jesus! They had a deep relationship with the Son of God. They knew Him and who He was. They understood what others did not understand – He was the Messiah sent by God. He had words of truth and life.
What about us? Do we have a deep enough relationship with Jesus that we won’t leave Him when life gets hard and the going gets tough? Through hardships and troubles and persecution, will we remain faithful to Him? Do we love Him enough? Do we know Him well enough? Do we trust Him enough?
If you are struggling with your faith and with doubt right now, turn back to Jesus and hear Him whisper those words of truth and life to your soul. Hear Him say to your heart that He loves you and He will not abandon you nor leave you. Spend time with the Father in prayer and in reading His Word. Spend time with His people in a church family. These are good things to do because they remind us that He is there and He’s not going anywhere. Find faith and strength in His presence, His powerful Word and His people.
PRAYER: I ask that You would reveal Yourself to me today that I may have a deeper faith in You, O God. I need to hear from You. I need to be comforted by Your presence. Help me to be committed and devoted to Jesus today. Amen.

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