Father Draws You
said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to
him by the Father.”—John 6:65
Throughout Jesus' ministry on earth, He never seemed intimidated by the
crowds. Instead, He looked into the multitudes and focused on those whom His
Father was sending to Him. Jesus knew that because of sin, no one naturally
seeks after God. Sinful man's inclination is to hide from God, rather than to
come to Him (Gen.
14:1–3). Therefore, whenever Jesus saw that the Father was drawing a person
to Himself, Jesus immediately began relating to that person.
Jesus observed the great lengths to which the despised tax collector,
Zacchaeus, had gone in order to see Him pass by. In response, Jesus immediately
left the crowd and spent time with this man in whom the Father was obviously
19:1–10). When Jesus noticed a man following after Him, Jesus spoke to
Andrew, "Come!” (John 1:39). Every
time the disciples experienced a new insight into the truths of God, Jesus
recognized that it was the Father who had been at work in their lives (Matt. 16:17).
As the multitudes gathered around Jesus, He spoke some truths that were
difficult for the people to grasp (John 6:60). So
challenging were His words that many of His listeners departed, but Jesus did
not become discouraged. He saw that the Father was working in the lives of His
disciples, and that is where Jesus invested His time.
As you desire to spend time alone with Jesus, recognize that this is the
Father drawing you to His Son. You do not seek quiet times with God in
order to experience Him. The fact that He has brought you to a place of
fellowship with Him is evidence that you are already sensing His
activity. As you read the Scriptures and pray, trust that God will honor your
response to His leading by teaching you more about Himself.—Experiencing God
Day by Day