It was the first time that Wayne and his Dad rode their bikes through the neighborhood. Wayne was excited as they rode down one street and then another, turned left, turned right, and finally arrived at home. Taking off his helmet, Wayne looked up at a smiling father and said, “Thanks, Dad, if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have known where to go and I’d be lost by now.”
The Psalmist expressed the same idea and trust when he said to the Lord, “Who have I but you?”
But not all of us have that much faith in the Lord. John reports a story about Jesus and His disciples. They were having some problems with His teachings and Jesus said, “This is very hard to understand.” As a result, we read that “many of His disciples turned away and deserted Him.”
Have you ever wondered why those disciples turned away from Jesus? The Bible does not give any specific reason. No doubt, in my mind, they left Him then for the same reason people leave Him today: self-centered desires and an unwillingness to make Him the Lord of their life.
Many accept the Lord for what they think He will do for them - not what they can do for Him and with Him and through Him. Many have expectations that go in one direction only: From God to us and for us for anything we want, now and forever, Amen.
But this is not how God works. If we accept Him as Savior and follow Him as Lord, wherever He leads us, “All these things (that we need) will be added to us.”
Prayer: Teach us, Lord, that You call us to Yourself for Your purpose, May we love You, honor You and bring glory to Your name. May You be first and foremost in our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: John 6:64-67 Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.” At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”