“Share your heart with your Savior Jesus—the one who knows you the best and still loves you the most.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 19, 2021
There was a man—a prophet strong in what he did and what he said, in God’s eyes as well as the people’s. Haven’t you heard how our chief priests and rulers handed him over for execution, and had him crucified? But we were hoping he was the one who was to come and set Israel free. Luke 24:19-24, Phillips
When I walk with my wife Rita, I tend to talk with Rita. Why? The open air opens up our conversation. The quietness of God’s creation forces out the mental clutter of a complex life. The beauty of our surroundings reminds me of the beauty of my bride, and brings top of mind my trust and love for her. Shoulder to shoulder we stroll, sometimes in silence but often with words that build up each other, and with childlike excitement we anticipate time with those we love. Or we may tackle a problem with clearer perspective, able to discern creative solutions. When I walk with Rita, I talk with Rita. And when I walk with Jesus, I talk with Jesus, and at times—unaware.
Such was the situation of two Jesus followers who walked with Jesus, and while talking with Jesus were unaware they were in the presence of pure love—their Lord and Savior in the flesh. They thought their hope had died on the cross and now they lamented that their Lord’s body was nowhere to be found. They missed the message Jesus had prepared them with in the recent past; that He must be turned over to the authorities, die on the cross for their sins and rise on the third day, so all who believe could walk in newness of life. Walking and talking, but not seeing Jesus.
“Then they [the women] did remember what he had said, and they turned their backs on the tomb and went and told all this to the eleven and the others who were with them” (Luke 24:8-9).
Do you take the time to walk and talk with Jesus? There is no better spiritual exercise than to share your heart with your Savior, in close proximity with the one who knows you the best and still loves you the most. Ask your gentle and patient Savior to remind you of what He has already told you. Perhaps a reminder of His authority to forgive sin—all your sin—especially the most shameful. To the extent of sin’s shameful display on the cross is the extent of your freedom from sin. Or, as simple as you are loved. Period. No performance necessary. Just rest in being accepted, beloved.
Talk to Jesus about your trust issues and He will grow your faith. Talk with Jesus about your struggle with anger and He will take you to a place of grace that is unoffendable. Talk with Jesus about your fears and He will escort you into His house of love, furnished with furniture of affection that meets you at your place of concern. Talk with Jesus about the turmoil in your life and He will guard your heart and mind with His peace. Talk with Jesus as you walk with Jesus. How? Slowly and sincerely. In the morning, throughout the day and at night. Be aware of His hopeful presence, trust He is listening, receive His love. Just now—have a little talk with Jesus.
“Jesus himself approached and walked along with them, but something prevented them from recognizing him. Then he spoke to them, “What is all this discussion that you are having on your walk” (Luke 24:17)?
Heavenly Father, as I walk with you give me the courage to say out loud my fears and concerns, as I trust and love you, through Christ’s love, in Jesus’ name, amen.
What does walking and talking with Jesus look like in this season of my life?
Elevation Worship: Talking to Jesus
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