I have a history of quitting. Some people press. I would quit. I have quit a marriage, several jobs and whatever else seemed “hard”. Sad to say, but it wasn’t too long ago that I was considering walking away from everything – including God, but I heard these words: Will you leave Me also?
In John 6:67, Jesus asked this same question, but He didn’t ask the ones He called. He asked the ones He had chosen (twelve disciples). When Jesus told the people that He was the Bread of life and unless they ate His flesh and drink His blood, life was not in them, they said, “This is a hard saying. Who can hear it?” They began to complain about what they didn’t understand and many disciples went back and walked with Him no more, but this didn’t take Jesus by surprise. He already knew who wouldn’t believe. But there are some of you that believe not (John 6:64). They stopped walking because they stopped believing and the reason they didn’t believe Him was because they didn’t know Him. They knew him according to the flesh, but not according to the spirit. Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he says, I came down from heaven? But the chosen said, “We believe and are sure that You are that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:69). The disciples came to the Son because the Father drew them, but no one was going to make them stay. Just as they had a choice, we also have a choice and God wants us to choose to trust Him even we don’t understand Him.
This is not the time to go back.
In Acts 27, there was a shipwreck. Before the storm, God promised Paul that no man would lose his life. What God said was important, but what Paul believed was even more important. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me (Acts 27:25). All Paul had was God’s word and the word of God should be enough. When the ship fell apart, some of the prisoners swam. The rest were on boards and on broken pieces of the ship, but all of them made it safely to land. God never told Paul how they were going to make it to land. He just promised that they would.
God didn’t lie because He cannot lie. He always gives us a sure word, but our problem is we get discouraged because we don’t see land (destination) yet. We walk by faith, not by sight. I know it feels like you are barely holding on. I know it feels like you’re not going to make it, but use what you have and hold on to it. Hold on to the promise that God gave you. You have a choice, but don’t choose to drown. Choose to believe God. Don’t give up on God because He didn’t give up on you. The storm could have destroyed you, but He didn’t allow you to die. He spared you for a reason.
But even now I urge you to keep up your courage and be in good spirits, because there will be no loss of life among you, but only loss of the ship (Acts 27:22). The ship fell apart, but God didn’t allow the people to fall apart with it. I don’t know how long it took them to get to shore. All I know is that the storm couldn’t stop them. I don’t know how far they were from the shore, but what I do know is that they were closer than when they first began on the ship.
Simon Peter answered Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”. This disciple knew what he left and he had no desire to go back to it. He tasted and he saw that the Lord was good. He had a relationship and God wants us to be as committed to Him as Simon Peter was. Simon Peter made up in his mind that He was going to be faithful and endure to the end. And let me make this clear: Just because you faithfully attend church, doesn’t mean that you faithfully obey the Head of the church. Christ calls us His bride and He is faithful to His bride. He promised to never leave us. He is with us – for better, for worse – and He is not going to leave us until He has done what He promised (Genesis 28:15). So take your boards, your broken pieces and don’t use them to draw back, but use them to draw closer to God.