November 17

No Other Place to Go

John 6:60-69 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard [His challenging statements about being the Bread of Life], said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?“…. From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Jeremiah 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.

There are times when it all seems too hard, when things are just too confusing. There are times when people frustrate us, and other times when the body of Christ disappoints us. Christian leaders fall. Trusted Christian friends prove untrustworthy. We know that His ways are higher than our ways, but sometimes knowing that doesn’t seem to help.

What do we do then? Do we close down and cut ourselves off from others? Do we close down and cut ourselves off from the Lord? Many have chosen to do one or both of those things. Unhappily, this hurts them, damages the church of God, and grieves the Holy Spirit. Since God will always seem unfathomable at times, and people will always give us reason to write them off if we are of such a mind, there will always be plenty of “evidence” to justify their actions in pulling away.

But really, like the disciples, where shall we go? One of the great joys and hard facts about Christianity is that it’s the truth. To wrestle with God or faith or obedience is to wrestle with reality. The author knows a young person who believes that her walk with Jesus was her choice, and it was a journey she was on for a while, and is now a journey she has put aside. She doesn’t know that it was God’s drawing her into the kingdom that began the whole process, and she doesn’t understand that His love will continue to draw her until her dying day.

Our Lord is God. He created the world, and He created us. As a race, we have pulled away. But in His love, He reached down to us, provided a way back to fellowship with Him, and is building His church. That’s the truth and it’s never going to change.

Jesus isn’t “a” truth. He said He was “the” truth (John 14:6). Being the Ultimate Realist, He wants us to work with Him and walk with Him. Any other way isn’t the way of truth, and only hurts us as we hit our heads against brick walls.

We are never going to understand everything going on in and around us, and we are going to have those moments of sheer vexation over what happens in our lives. But as hard as it may seem at times, any other action other than turning to Him is digging an empty well (see Jeremiah, above). But aren’t we glad that what we are vitally connected with is an unshakeable eternal reality, and not an ever-changing internal preference?

Prayer: Lord, You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. I believe that. There is no other way, truth or life than You. I confess this may be hard for me at times. But it’s also glorious. Thank You for allowing me to see that.

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