Today's encouragement comes from John 6:68, where we read these words:
"But Simon Peter answered Him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.' "
Whenever we are tempted to believe that there could be happiness, life, ful-fillment, or any other good thing to be somehow found *outside* of our Lord Jesus Christ—let us remember Peter's words (above). To whom other could we go? Who, or what else could or does possess the power to give us eternal life? And all this life is found in Jesus Himself. He never directs us elsewhere; but always to His own body and blood.
There is no one and no thing that can do for us what Christ can and does do for us. Let a lot other people abandon Christ and His church (as they did in Jn., ch. 6)—and so show their true colors. But for the faithful and sincere be-lievers—made that way by grace—may we stick with the only One who gives us life.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Sinner, the day you leave your sins and set upon a course of holiness, God will pardon all that is past. . . . The Lord never up-braids a penitent with former unkindnesses.” —Thomas Watson, in, "The Mis-chief of Sin"]