This morning was a blessedly cool 22oC (71.6oF); a start difference to Friday when the temperature soared to 40o (104oF), so I decided to take advantage and sit on my deck for my quiet time.
I was reading Luke 24 – the story of the journey to Emmaus – and tried to imagine what it would have been like for those two disciples when Jesus joined them and at first pretended He didn’t know what they were talking about. They must have looked at Him with their jaws dropping, ‘What? Are you kidding us? You haven’t heard what happened to Jesus the Nazarene – have you been living in a cave?’
Then Jesus said to them, ‘So thick-headed; so slow-hearted. Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said?’ Then He reminded them of everything Moses and the prophets had said in the Scriptures about Messiah.
They wanted more, so when they reached Emmaus where they were going to stay, they begged Him to stay and have supper with them, and while they were eating, their travelling companion took some bread, gave thanks and broke it into pieces and gave it to them. It was in that instant they realised who He was – who had walked and talked with them on their journey.
They blinked in…in what? Disbelief? Shock? Amazement? Perhaps all three. And then He vanishes – just like that. But they believed. Oh how they believed!
‘When He talked to us along the road and explained the Scripture, didn’t it warm our hearts?’
Have you ever felt like that when you’re reading the Word, or maybe you’re listening to a sermon and your heart feels as though it’s about to burst and you want more and more. It’s what I imagine a starving man might feel like when he’s given a hearty meal. He just devours it and it seems as though he’ll never be satisfied; he wants more!
4 As long as I live, I will pray to you.
5 I will sing joyful praises and be filled with excitement like a guest at a banquet.
6 I think about you before I go to sleep, and my thoughts turn to you during the night. Psalm 3:4-6 (CEV)
That’s what I want to feel towards my Saviour – a hunger and yearning that just grows and grows – a desire for His Word that can’t be quenched. That’s my prayer this year and my prayer for you too.
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