John 6:40-42 (NIV) – For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” 41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
“But just as the Israelites murmured and grumbled, even after God had delivered them, so in his long discourse Jesus’ claims to give God’s life to the world provoke increased murmuring and grumbling about him (6:41, 60). Their grumbling increases the more that Jesus focuses on his identity as the means of receiving God’s life, and on the necessity of his death in his life-giving work (6:41, 52).” [Marianne Meye Thompson, John: A Commentary, p. 146, 161]
The crowd’s dissatisfaction with Jesus’ answers as expressed through grumbling revealed their disobedience to God and their unbelief in the One God sent. What are the areas of discontent, grumbling, and complaining in our lives that show our disobedience and lack of trust in Christ?
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times when I grumble and complain against You. Help me to see it for what it is. I repent today for any areas of disobedience, lack of trust in You, and Your goodness and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Let’s worship to the song, “Mercies (New Every Morning)” by Matt Redman.