“From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” John 6:66.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; John 5-6.
Why do we turn our backs on Jesus?
The ones turning their backs in today’s verse were not just casual acquaintances, they were disciples. They were into Him. They had heard Him and watched Him. They knew Him pretty well. BUT now they are leaving.
It is easy to assume that the better I know Him, the more I will follow Him. That is not necessarily true.
In fact, the more I know Him the more I realize what He wants from me. He’s looking for things from me that are costly. I’m not sure that I can do it and then I’m sure that I can’t do it, so I split.
I cannot do what He wants endlessly in my own strength. I must factor Him into things. When the five thousand needed food, the disciples agonized over how THEY would provide food. They omitted the One in their midst capable of supplying food to that many.
When I become discouraged during my walk with God it is because I have lost track of Him. I have Him with me, but I don’t have Him in charge of me. There is a huge difference!
In the verses following today’s verse, Peter gets it right. When asked by Jesus if he will also be leaving Him, Peter declares that there is no one else worthy of being followed. He’s hanging with Jesus!
I must recognize that the Almighty God is with me right now and I must put Him in charge of my life. With that done, I set out knowing that I will have what it takes to face the easy/difficult things ahead in my day.
“Lord, Your Word is a light! Forgive me for minimizing Your bearing on my life. You deserve magnification always by me. I crave Your guidance. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
Why am I likely to turn away from Him the more I know of Him?