John 6 - Don't Stop Believin'

Specific Text - John 6:60-69

John 6 is a long roller coaster of a chapter! It starts out with Jesus feeding 5,000, then escaping from them by walking across a stormy lake because they wanted to force Him to be king. The middle of the chapter is Jesus explaining over and over that people need to look to Him, the bread of life, and not worldly security. By the time we get here, 60 verses later, everybody seems exhausted.

But it is in these times of exhaustion that the rubber meets the road. It's where the charades people put up in life begin to fall apart and their real character shows through, and this is what happened to people who followed Jesus:

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. - John 6:66

Those who were just following along for the free meals and miracles peeled away and quit. But Peter, also exhausted, found that his true character had been transformed. Peter was being sustained by the Holy Spirit, not by his own strength, and the Spirit enabled Peter to cling to Jesus.

We've seen over and over in the Bible that you WILL have troubles in this life. You will reach the point of exhaustion and your true character will be on display. But these times are a gift from God just as much as the good times are, because it is in these times that the strength you receive from the Holy Spirit will allow you to keep your grip on God the Father and Jesus.

The next time you reach this level of exhaustion (which you will), remember what Jesus told you in verse 35:

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Prayer For The Day: Dear Father, thank you so much for the confidence you give to me even in times where it seems like I am at the end of my rope. Thank you for your promises that I will always be in your hands. Keep your Spirit in me so that I might hold fast to you. Amen.

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