The theme of this series is Testify.
I sometimes ask myself how can the same mouth of mine that testifies to the goodness of God also chatter away complaining about the world.
The struggle is real in the chaotic and tumultuous times in which we live. It’s so tempting for me to give into grumbling. That’s one reason I started writing here again with the purpose of seeking good in the world and focusing on the flip side of the coin, faith that there is something more to the story.
I heard a former missionary tell of a tribe she was called to minister to who didn’t even have the language to complain. She stated that complaining is a learned behavior.
This made me stop and think about my own example as a mother and and a witness for Jesus. When I choose to fill my mouth with negitivity about the way the world is going, I’m showing a lack of faith and I’m wasting time that I could have been growing in the truth by seeing what God has to say about the subject.
Encouraging with Truth
In today’s passage, Jesus literally says, “Stop complaining about what I said. For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to me.”
He testifies that He is the bread of life pointing to several things that their human minds can’t understand and foreshadowing that he would die for their sins on the feast of the unleavened bread which points back to the manna that He talks about here.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”
Choosing to Stay or Walk Away from Jesus
This confuses them and it makes me sad every time I read it.
“Many disciples said, This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it? Jesus was aware of their complaining. Does this offend you?”
Some of them didn’t believe.
At this point many walked away and deserted him. He turned to his core twelve disciples and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”
Peter replied, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know you are the Holy One of God.
When confusing times come, we must remember to stay grounded in the truth asking the Spirit to help us not sway with the times, but be steadfast putting our trust in Him.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,