Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Preserving in the tough times

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Preserving in the tough times

By: Susan Barnes

You do not want to leave too, do you? Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” John 6:67-68

At this point in Jesus' ministry many stopped following him because his teaching was “too hard”. Even though the crowd had been miraculously feed by the loaves and fishes it wasn't enough to convince them that Jesus was worth following. Miracles are often short lived and quickly forgotten. Even the disciples in the three days following Jesus' death seem to forget all the miracles they saw. Yet at this point the disciples, with Peter as spokesman, say, “Lord to whom shall we go?”

I often wonder what tone of voice Peter used. Was he despondent and resigned? Or was he upbeat and hopeful? Or maybe just thoughtful? However the question tells us that Peter knew, despite all the difficulties of following Jesus, despite all the hard teaching, Jesus was worth following. Jesus had “the words of eternal life.” The long term gain was worth the short term difficulties. Mostly God doesn't do his work instantly because those results are short lived. Many times Jesus talked about the kingdom in terms of seeds or yeast, things that take time to grow unnoticed in dark places. Yet the end result is abundance. Have we learnt to hold onto the long term view?

Peter went on to say, “We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (v.69). It didn't matter if the disciples didn't always understand what Jesus was saying or doing because they understood who he was. We too can rest in the knowledge of who Jesus is. He has everything in hand even when we do not understand. He is the Messiah, our Saviour and our Lord.

Author Resource:->  This devotional thought is part of a series I wrote in 2008 for my blog: The series is based on John's books and letters (NIV).

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