“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, ‘Will you also go away?’ Then Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’.”

John 6:67-68

When we know Who He is, our search is over and the Journey of Joy begins.

“Lord, to whom shall we go?”

That’s the question Simon Peter, the leader of the Band of Apostles, asked that day when “many of Jesus’ disciples went back and walked no more with Him” (v.66). We cannot know the tone in Jesus’ Voice when He asked “Will you also go away?” But, we’re probably safe in assuming there was a tinge of sadness there—for “He was tempted in every way as we are” (Heb. 4:15).

Regardless, Peter’s response is definitely worthy of our contemplation and emulation:

“Lord, to whom shall we go?”

“Lord, we’ve tried other masters; but none has ever taught us. . .or led us. . .or loved us. . . or inspired us like You.”

“Yes, Lord—to whom shall we go?”

Many there are who run down the aisle during an emotionally-charged evangelistic meeting. Tears freely flow down their cheeks. They fall on their faces in the altar confessing their sins to God. And, then they stand—yea, almost leaping with joy—as they testify to what’s just happened in their lives.

And, for a while they are a virtual ball-of-fire.

Every time the door’s open, they’re there. Every time the church needs a volunteer, they quickly raise their hand.

But, then “something” happens.

Their attendance begins to wane. Their volunteerism begins to take a back seat. Their joy begins to be replaced by disillusionment and a disgruntled spirit.

They’re the “stony ground” (Mt. 13:5). And, “when the sun had risen, they were scorched and began to wither away because they had no root” (v.6).

Here today; gone tomorrow.

But, oh, dear Pilgrim, such should never be said of/by us—not if we, like Peter, know Who He is and what He has done and can do.

Without a doubt, the hardships are many and the road is steep for those who are traveling “The Pilgrim’s Pathway.” And, the devil will always be there, using his favorite tool of doubt, whispering “Has God said?” (Gen. 3:1).

But, we should not be distracted, dissuaded or deterred.

And, even if for a moment, we’re tempted to “throw in the towel” or wave the white flag of surrender, it only takes our asking “Lord, to whom shall we go? For you have the words of eternal life” to restore our focus and joy. Amen and amen. Thank You, Lord.

June 29, 2011