JOHN | To whom shall I go. { DAY SIX }

READ: JOHN SIX, ESV

So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,  and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” {John 6:67-69, ESV}

My husband had just confessed that he was cheating on me.

Though I told him I forgave him and wanted him to stay, he chose to leave. My world turned upside down in a moment.

In that moment the following scenario played in my mind. I “heard” Satan whispering to my hurting heart, “’Matthew’ (not his real name) brought God into your life, tell God to leave when he does.” I literally had this picture in my head of the enemy standing at a door and encouraging me to walk out of it. He told me, “go ahead, go back to life without God. Drink, party, do whatever you want – go crazy! People will understand. It is justified. Just. Walk. Away.”

What immediately came to mind?

“To whom shall I go? I have believed, and come to know, that Jesus is the Holy One of God.” I can’t leave Jesus. He is my life.

In a simultaneous moment of heartbreak and temptation, the Lord brought to my mind this specific Scripture in John 6. It was exactly what I needed for that moment, to be reminded that there is nowhere else I could go that would ever be sufficient, only Jesus. Why run from him into the arms of that which would leave me nothing but emptiness and regret? The powerful revelation of who Jesus truly is hit me anew in that moment: Jesus is the Holy One of God. I will trust in him.

I have NEVER regretted that decision.

This passage though is not merely about where we run when things get hard, it is about who we believe Jesus is, and who we believe he is will effect what we do when our world gets rocked. There are those who won’t ever show any interest in Jesus, in good times or bad. There are others that will seek him for what he can do for them. Then there are those who believe and know that he is the Holy One of God. What camp do you fall in? This is an insanely important question.

The same Jesus that multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed well over five thousand people, the same Jesus who walked on the water, and the same Jesus who died and rose from the dead, the Holy One of God, is the same Jesus who is present with us in all seasons of our lives. We have all been through our valleys and fires in this life, and will continue to face them. Jesus himself told us, In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world (John 16:33, emphasis mine). Don’t run, take heart.

Sadly, just like we read in John 6 about the people that no longer followed Jesus because they did not like what he was teaching about himself and how it would affect them, so many people respond the same to him today. How are you responding to the Holy One of God?

I had a chance to talk on the phone with the woman my then husband cheated on me with. My flesh was ready to just go off on her, but the Holy Spirit had other plans. He led me to ask questions about her, and the last one I asked her was, “Do you believe in God?” Long story short, she said ‘no.’ Shortly after, she ended the conversation with what seemed to be an obligatory and insincere, “sorry, we didn’t mean for this to happen.” I said, “Don’t feel sorry for me, because I would rather have God, and not have ‘Matthew’, than have ‘Matthew’ and not have God.”

I am now remarried and have two incredibly amazing daughters. But I had to wait. And trust. And as beautiful a gift and answer to prayer they are (thank you Jesus!!!!), nothing can compare to the mind-blowing truth that we can have a relationship with the Holy One of God!!

Reflect:

  • Have you believed and come to know that Jesus is the Holy One of God?
  • If so, how is that truth playing out in your life? How can you let that powerful truth be displayed in your circumstances? Always turn to the one who has the words of eternal life.
  • If you have not believed that Jesus is the Holy One of God but now truly desire to know more about him, read the entire book of John and please reach out to someone who you know follows Jesus.

 

Prayer:

Jesus, I need you. I don’t just need what your hands can give me, I need you. Thank you for your faithfulness in my life. Thank you that you never leave me. This life can be turbulent, but I know that you are true peace; if I am to be overcome by anything, may it be by your love and not by my circumstances. May you truly be glorified in my life, my King! Thank you Jesus!

 

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Cari Weber
Cari Weber
Cari Lee Weber is blessed to be a follower of Jesus Christ, a wife to Trevor, and mommy to Eliana and Rylee. Her passion is to know Christ and make Him known and to stir up and encourage those around her in their precious and powerful relationships with Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:2-3 speak her desire best—that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

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