Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Burning Hearts

"And they said to one another, 'Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?'" Luke 24:32

After Jesus dies, He appears to his disciples, although they do not realize who He is. He spends time explaining to them the importance of everything pertaining to His mission from the "beginning at Moses and all the Prophets" (v. 27). Even though they are in His presence, their doubt and uncertainty blind their eyes; nevertheless, His words "burn" their hearts.

It is the power and truth contained in His words that captivate and stir them. These are familiar stories, as the disciples probably heard them all their lives; however, as Jesus retells them, the thread that ties them together finally is revealed. These words deliver the clear message of Jesus' love and salvation, and the truth penetrates their hearts.

As we delve into God's word, may it also burn our hearts. The disciples did not have to study arduously or be intellectually analytical; all they had to do was merely listen. They were eager to hear what He had to say, and in turn, their hearts were opened and they understood the wondrous meaning behind the Scriptures. Likewise, if we allow the word of God to simply enter our hearts, we may also experience the power of it.

Dear God,

Please help me to listen to Your word and hear what You have to say about Your love and salvation. May my heart burn intensely to know You more.

No comments: