Monday, November 19
Today's reading: John 6:22-24
The day after Jesus feeds and then teaches the 5,000, the people come back to that same spot. Jesus, however, isn't there because He and the disciples have crossed the sea to Capernaum. But this doesn't stop the crowd. When they realize where Jesus has gone, they get in boats and go to Capernaum too.
"So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus" (vs. 24, emphasis added).
Two things were highlighted for me as I read this passage. The first was the appeal of Jesus. What these people were feeling and acting on--although they didn't fully comprehend it at the time--was the desire we all have, that internal longing to be in relationship with and connected to God. And yes, while they wanted the physical benefits that Jesus was offering and supplying, the actual draw was much deeper.
The second thing that stood out to me, and what I'm focusing on today, is the phrase "seeking Jesus." Those two words seemed to jump off the page to me. These people don't yet understand who Jesus is--the Son of God and Savior of the world--but they are so eager to know more and be in His presence that they painstakingly row across the sea so they can spend more time with Him. Sometimes as believers, we get lax with the time we spend with God, and before we realize it, we aren't really seeking after Him much at all. So I was thankful for this example and how it prompted me to do some personal assessing.
Would you say that your lifestyle is one of seeking after Jesus? Why or why not? What does the phrase "seeking Jesus" mean for you personally? In a typical week, how often are you interacting with God through His Word or through prayer? Tami
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