A Burning Heart

“They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road,
while he opened to us the Scriptures?'” – Luke 24:32

Imagine walking on the road to Emmaus with Jesus and having Him open up the Word–His Word–to you. I get chills just thinking about it.  God Himself–in the flesh–speaking His Words into my heart.  No wonder the disciples’ hearts burned within them!  Their eyes may not have yet been opened, but their hearts certainly were.

Each time I have opened God’s Word lately, my own heart has burned within me.  Whether I am writing it, reading it, praying it, listening to it, or speaking it–every word of God’s Word causes my heart to flutter with life, expectation, and hope.

And the other day as God brought to mind the above passage about the men on the road to Emmaus, He reminded me of the truth this passage conveys.   Jesus may not physically walk this earth like He did over 2000 years ago, but He does still walk it today.  He walks the road to–well, anywhere–right by my side.  He walks it right by your side as well.  And He walks it using His Word.

Think about it.  John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  Do you want to know God?  Do you want to have your heart burn on the road of life like the hearts of those disciples 2000 years ago?  I know I do.  Yet for my heart to burn with such holy expectation and life, I must first read His Word.  I must write His Word.  I must dwell in His Word.  For His Words are life.  He is life.  And to dwell in His Word is to dwell in Him.

God is truly with us.  He is indeed our “Immanuel” (Matthew 1:23).  Yet the only way we can walk the road of life with Him is to walk the road in His Word.  And as He speaks–and as we listen–we may not physically see Him with our eyes, but we will certainly see Him with our hearts.

 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”
which is translated, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23)


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