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Who Else?

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Nothing and no one else can ever compare to Jesus. Yet, there are always things in our lives that will try to make us think otherwise.

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 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 6:66-69 ESV)

I imagine we all have someone in our life that has turned away from walking with Jesus to go their own way. Oh how it hurts to see anyone run away in rebellion! But can you imagine the look on the Lord’s face when He turned to his disciples after seeing people turn away? When He asked them if they too no longer wanted to walk with him? I wonder if any of them had their own doubts about the depth of their commitment . . . I surmise there may have been a few who dropped their gaze.

There was a period in my own life where I experienced a crisis of faith and ‘tried’ to run away from God. Thankfully, he never left me.  Eventually, I gave up running away, turned and ran towards Him instead.

Like Peter – the very one who would eventually deny Christ three times – I understood that there was no one else that is worthy to be followed. We hear and believe the Word of God and know Jesus is the real deal.  Nothing and no one else can ever compare.

Yet, there are things in my life that vie for my affection.

There are things in my life that tempt me to distraction.

But I’ve learned that all these things only lead to dissatisfaction.

Why?  Because they are full of false promises and empty lies that take us away from time with Him, time that is life-giving, not life-wasting. There is no one, and no place that compares.

Father, we thank You for the gift of your Son. Holy Spirit, open up the Word to our hearts that we would see your character and love in every word and chapter. Help us to surrender our lives fully and to choose to walk with You daily, shutting down any competition for our affections and walking away from time-wasting distractions. Amen!

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