Nehemiah 5,6; Psalms 146; Luke 24
“Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and he vanished from their sight. They said to one another, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road?’” (Luke 24:31-32)
Everything changed when they recognized Him! Their attitudes, their disposition, and even their direction, for soon, they’d be making a U-turn and would be motoring back to Jerusalem. But, think of it … His Presence was in attendance with these two skeptics long before they recognized Him at dinner time in Emmaus. He walked with them several miles without much change and without much notice, except for one small difference. They would later confess that all along the way, their hearts were burning within them.
Burning hearts … This could be the detecting factor of His Presence. Burning hearts could be the light on the dashboard, the doorbell, the seismograph that alerts you to the fact that God just showed up. I’ve experienced that at church service. There have been times when I heard something spoken, and my heart burned within me. Or, when I am tempted and I start making movements toward the attraction, something burns in my heart. Or, there have been times when I know I had to make things right but I lacked the courage … until my heart burned within me.
I want to learn to recognize Him when my heart burns in my chest, not when I hit Emmaus. It’s when my heart stirs within me … not when He has to intervene, break bread, and show me the cross again.
They almost lost it in Emmaus. Like Jonah on his way to wrong-way-Tarsus, these two doubters had no plans for a U-turn. I don’t want God to let me go beyond Emmaus! May it be that I head back toward where I should have been going as soon as my heart burns within me.
Thank You, Lord, for helping me to recognize You at the stirring of the waters in my heart. Help me to open my inner ears, not only the ones on the side of my head. You’ve always been so faithful to intervene when I am headed in the wrong direction, but my prayer is that I will develop a heart sensitivity to Your Presence long before I reach … an evening at Emmaus.