Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"The Burning Word"

"And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"  Luke 24:17,32

After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, two of the disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus.  They were talking among themselves about what had happened over the last few days.  Their hearts were sad, bewildered, confused, ill at ease, concerned, wondering, doubting, fearful and trying to sort it all out.  Then Jesus comes and joins them.  They didn't know it was Him at first. 

They shared with Him the events of the last few days.  Then He begin to expound the scriptures to them.  They invited Him home with them and there they ate bread together.  After Jesus revealed Himself to them, He vanished.  Both of these men acknowledged that their "hearts burned within them" as He spoke and opened up the scriptures to them.

My point this morning is this-- when we are feeling the same way these men felt, the scriptures have the power to lift us up, comfort us, give us peace, courage, strength and help us get refocused on truth.  

We spend so much time running here and there looking for our answers when it is found in God's Word.  Or we spend our time doing nothing but "wallowing" in our situation when there is an answer that awaits us in God's Word. 

After hearing the Word/scriptures these men were changed.  Their hearts were strengthened.  Hope began to burn within them.  Peace begin to burn within them.  Comfort begin to burn within them.  The Word began to burn out the fear, confusion and hopelessness that had come into their hearts.  The Word had changed them.  The Word had lifted them up and gave them answers that made sense of all they had witnessed and experienced.  The Word of God will do the same for you.

Have a great day.  The Word of God will give us all we need, and answer every question we have, and change us with renewed hope.     

For further reading:  Luke 24 

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