John 6:61-69 – “When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” NKJV
James B. Coats of Summerland, Mississippi wrote a number of Gospel songs including the classic, “Where Could I Go But to the Lord.” As with many of the timeless songs of faith, Coats captures a truth that resonates with hungry hearts and people desiring to find true spiritual freedom.
The song begins with the plight of man in the midst of a sinful world and the neediness of human beings. The first verse also captures the visual that often we are facing the temptations and tempest of life with a sense of aloneness. In that time of desperation, many realize there is only one place to turn and that is God. If we are needing a refuge for our soul, a friend to stand with us in all things, and at all times what other source can we turn to but God?
He continues to tug at our heartstrings in the verse, “Neighbors are fun I love ’em, every one. We get along in sweet accord, but when I face the chilling hand of death…” In that time of facing eternity, there is only one real source of comfort and strength and that is God. He draws out of our emotions the joy of life with friends and the wonderful fellowship we have together but when the chips are down and the clouds roll in there is only one true source of strength and that is God.
In our text, Jesus presented some difficult truths that caused many to realize the commitment was more than they were willing to make. After he and the disciples witnessed the multitude turning away Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” It is here that Peter uttered the words that are captured in this song. Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also, we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Simply, “Where Could We Go But To You Lord?”
Life is sometimes like a peaceful sea and at other times like a raging tempest with the waves billowing ready to crush our vessel in its anger. In those times of terror, we realize that outside God there is no safety, but we are sheltered in His arms, and in Him, there is a peace that transcends human comprehension.
God bless you and be with you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!