Lord, to whom would we go?

Have you ever been down? Kind of at the end of your rope? Feel like have bottomed out but afraid the bottom is going to drop out from under you? Have you been attacked and attacked and before you can get to your feet you are attacked again? What about all these things and then realizing that the one you are looking to for help is not going to give you what you thought you needed?

Yeah, I have been there. There have been seasons I have felt that is where I lived. David had felt this way as well:

Psalm 28

A psalm of David.

1 I pray to you, O Lord, my rock.
Do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you are silent,
I might as well give up and die.

Psalm 62

3 So many enemies against one man—
all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
4 They plan to topple me from my high position.
They delight in telling lies about me.
They praise me to my face
but curse me in their hearts.

But through all that David trusted God and would believe in Him in the midst of all that, not only that but would find something to praise God for. I am always challenged by this aspect of David’s character.

In John 6 Jesus addressed the people who were following Him and told them some things they were not interested in hearing. A lot of people who were following Jesus chose at this point to turn away, it was too hard, his words were too harsh, it was not what they were wanting to hear and it was not what they were looking for. Jesus turned to His twelve and said ” are you also going to leave?”

I love this next part, this is the challenging part, this is the part that gets the blood flowing a little faster through the veins, Peter’s response is”Lord to whom would we go?”

David’s response to hardship and Peter’s response to hardship are born out of a true relationship with God. There is a track record there where God has come through time and again, has heard their cries and delivered them. That track record supports the faith they have and strengthens their belief in the words of God. There is a realization there that nothing comes close to what God has for us, nothing. Whatever we have to go through right now is nothing compared to what awaits us….

Jeremiah 29

But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

 

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~ by gregcoe on March 22, 2011.

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