(excerpt from Morning Meditations by Martin Wiles)
John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? (NIV)
I didn't say it but I'm sure I thought it. "If you won't get it for me I'll go to my grandparents."
According to my mother it was a television set for my bedroom. My parents couldn't afford it so my grandparents obliged. They probably couldn't afford it either, but I was the first grandchild and I got most anything I wanted-within reason. Not expensive things, but more than I would have otherwise.
The practice continued even after more grandkids arrived. But as my brothers and cousins got older they noticed the difference in the Christmas present piles. My grandmother solved the dilemma by giving me presents ahead of time.
Sometimes the gifts were more than unnecessary offerings to a spoiled first grandchild. Such as money for tires I couldn't afford. Or part of a tax refund check to help pay bills I couldn't pay. Or the invitation to eat when I had no groceries.
I often went to my paternal grandparents because I had no one else to go to. When their lives ended I wondered who I would go to now when life got tough.
Jesus classified Himself as the bread of life and told people if they ate Him they would live forever. Neither the people nor His disciples understood the meaning. In fact, many who had followed Him up until this time deserted Him. He turned to the twelve disciples and asked if they wanted to leave also. Peter asked a profound question; "To whom would we go?"
The question is thought provoking. It leads me to consider my priorities as well as the means I pursue to fulfill wants and needs or make decisions. To whom do I go for happiness or to have my needs met? To what do I go for temporary satisfaction? And when that no longer satisfies or is no longer available, where will I turn next?
Only Christ can fully, completely, and continually meet our needs. Things and people can satisfy momentarily but not continually or eternally. They will always disappoint even if not intentionally. Where or to whom are you going to find happiness?
Prayer: Father when nothing in life has satisfied, let us remember complete fulfillment is found only in You.
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