To Whom Shall We Go

Throughout history, mankind has struggled with never being satisfied and has a deep longing for something missing in their lives.  In our culture today, we find evidence of this in the need to constantly get something new.  We do this hoping that the next thing will satisfy our souls only to be left with the emptiness that worldly things provide.

Bernard of Clairvaux composed a hymn that describes a restless soul that ultimately finds rest in the Lord Jesus.  The hymn is called “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts.”  The hymn is similar to the words of Peter in John 6:68-69.  In this passage, many people have abandoned Jesus because they feel His words are too much to hear and to obey.  Jesus in turn asked the disciples if they too want to leave, and Peter responds “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).  Peter recognizes that only in Christ can a person find what they are looking for in the present and the future (John 6:69).

As Bernard writes in his hymn, “our restless spirits yearn for thee.”  To find rest for the soul is to find Christ.  We then spend our remaining days growing in our knowledge of Him, His Word, prayer, and service. 

Have you found rest for your soul?  Have you found Christ?


Pastor Steven