Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly; the faithful have disappeared from humankind. Psalm 12:1
So Jesus asked the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" John 6:67
When I first read Psalm 12:1, I felt as though the psalmist must have watched or read news of our present time. But this Psalm 12:7 states, "You, O Lord, will protect us; you will guard us from this generation forever." What comforting words these have always been and continue to be for any believers who suffer, especially through no fault of their own. Faith is all many can count on during the most difficult times, and faith is enough. God's grace lends hope that will never die.
Jesus felt the pain of human rejection when he asked his twelve disciples the question in today's verse from John. Many of his disciples had turned back and no longer followed him. Simon Peter gave the answer that continues to lift believers up. In John 6:68 and 69, Simon Peter answers Jesus, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Merciful God, thank you for entering our world with your saving grace and giving us hope that will never die. Give each of us faith and courage to be your witnesses of your love. Amen.