A large group of people had just gotten upset with Jesus and walked away disgruntled. Jesus turned to His disciples and asked “Are you going to leave me too?” Peter replied for the group: “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
The life of faith can be glorious at times. We enjoy divine good fortune, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the love of brothers and sisters. But there are many difficult seasons as well, involving hurdles, challenges, deep doubts and darkness.
Those who continue to follow God in any scenario know that they cannot credit their faithfulness in spiritual disciplines, or their inherent goodness, or the fact that they are spiritual giants.
There’s a much simpler explanation for continuing to seek God’s grace and stay on the path. It’s this: Once you’ve heard words of eternal life, there’s nowhere else to go.