Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

John 6:64-68 NASB
“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray Him. And He was saying, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”As a result of this many of His disciples left, and would no longer walk with Him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to leave also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”

”Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”

There are so many things that I do not understand that it isn’t even funny. I know, I’ve read the Christian answers for a lot of the things that I do not understand, but even with those answers, the long and the short of it is, I still do not thoroughly understand, I still do not thoroughly comprehend. Sometimes there is a trace of understanding, but the lack of understanding, overshadows that trace. I can understand but I still don’t understand. I can comprehend but I still don’t comprehend.

Children suffering from disease, Christians suffering from disease, the silence of God at times when we call out to Him. Sometimes our prayers are answered and sometimes they are not. Sometimes there are healings and sometimes there are not. Sometimes the presence of God is overwhelming and other times it‘s like we are talking to an empty room. How is it possible to understand and not understand at the same time, because, so many times, that is exactly how I feel.

I understand God’s sovereignty, but I don’t understand how it sometimes is displayed. I understand that this is not all that there is, but I don’t understand why where we are now, sometimes has to be as brutal as it is. I understand that trusting God, taking Him at His Word is what it is all about, but sometimes His Word is all that there is. I understand about not depending on our feelings but sometimes they seem almost impossible to ignore. I understand that God knows the end from the beginning but I surely don’t.

Trusting God, having faith in His love over our own, having trust in His wisdom, over our own, is what I see and sometimes it is all that I can see.

And yet, like Peter said to Jesus, when all is said and done, in spite of all that I do not understand, everything in me, everything that I can comprehend, tells me that my faith and trust in Jesus is the answer, that He is my only hope. And I can see that and I can comprehend that without question. There is no doubt about that in my mind or heart at all. It’s some of the other stuff, that which I encounter almost daily, in myself and others that I care for, that I do not comprehend, that I long to have answers for.

I know there are answers, I just don’t know them all. I know there are reasons, but once again, I just don’t grasp them all. And I know that God’s love makes the love that I sometimes display, look like almost nothing at all. I know all these things. I indeed do groan to be made completely whole in Him. I indeed earnestly long to know Him as I am known.

I think Peter really understood the question Jesus asked him. I think Jesus really understood the answer Peter gave him. And that understanding displayed between the two of them, right there, that gives me hope.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!





17 comments

  1. I can relate to your thoughts on this Bruce. It reminded me of two occasions in my life where I my heart cried out Peter’s words. One was when I backslid badly, and just as I reached the bottom realised there was no one but God to go to. The second time was sitting alone in hospital having been diagnosed with a brain tumour, I cried out to God my only source of hope. I may not understand the details of my life, but I know in whom I believe!

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    • Hi Alan, that is exactly it, “I may not understand the details of my life, but I know in whom I believe! That is the same answer we all ultimately give. Thank you Alan, God’s blessings on you and yours!

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      • Yes I am feeling much better! Being super careful not to move wrong. It really helped when my husband got home last night and we were able to hold each other and pray together. He has the option of staying every night at the veterans’ hospital, but he prefers to come home when he can, even though the drive is almost two hours each way to Amarillo, where he gets his radiation treatments. Wednesday he stayed the night though, because he had a morning appointment in Lubbock, which is even further away.

        My hubby will be leaving in a couple of hours for treatment #28 of 44 scheduled radiation treatments. But he will be home tonight and all weekend long, yaaay!!

        I love my guy, can you tell? He even brought me ice cream, yummy Caramel Crunch. I’m having some for breakfast right now. 😀

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      • So glad to hear that. We had a few people knocking on heaven’s door for you yesterday for sure. Caramel Crunch ice cream for breakfast, you ARE feeling better. Enjoy your weekend. God’s blessings to you and yours!

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  2. Thank you for this post, Bruce. GOD will enlighten us here on earth but if not, He will in Heaven. Also, John 6:65-66 are good verses to ponder on that JESUS is GOD and that GOD the FATHER grants us to be JESUS’ own.

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  3. Thank you for this encouraging post. Like you, I have struggled to understand many things at many times! Ultimately I’ve learnt to trust God beyond that which I do not understand. I suppose God does not require us to understand, but just to put our faith in him. Thanks very much for this post

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  4. I find this passage very comforting. As foolish as I am, I would wander off if given the chance, but knowing full well there is nowhere else to go, I feel secure that that’s not going to happen, no matter how hard things get.

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