May 17, 2021

Walking with Jesus

Written by Boyd Bailey

Remind yourself to look for Jesus with eyes of faith, as He may be speaking through others in your life with their words of wisdom.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 17, 2021

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him. Luke 24:13-16, NLT

Across the street from our house is a natural sanctuary of 125 acres of hardwood trees, flowers, vegetation and rolling hills vibrant with life. This little piece of paradise has been protected for decades, so it has not changed (except for the walking trails and occasional bench) from God’s original purpose and design. My wife, Rita and I walk up and down these winding trails 4-6 times a week depending on the weather. Not only do our bodies come alive, but our spirits are fed by God’s Spirit as we exhale unhealthy emotions and inhale healthy ones. Even when we are unaware, Jesus walks with us—He is always available to lovingly reveal His will for us. 

Two of Jesus’ followers were on the road to the village of Emmaus discussing the life-changing events of the past three days. Their hopes of Jesus Christ being the long-awaited Messiah had been dashed because of His horrific death on the cross. Now they lamented that He must not be the Lord after all. Yet, while the faith of these two faded, Jesus overtook them and began to walk with them. He asked them questions (not for His sake, He knew), so the doubters could hear out loud their faithless words. Clarifying, Jesus defined His purpose by reminding these followers of Himself revealed in the sacred Scriptures—concerning Messianic prophecies. These two unknowingly walked with Jesus—listening intently as the truth burned within their hearts. 

Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27, NLT).

Are you unknowingly doubting God’s Word, because your circumstances seem overwhelming? Perhaps you review His promises to you that were once profound, but because of life’s pressures, have lost their persuasion over your faith. Remind yourself to look for Jesus with eyes of faith, as He may be speaking through others in your life with their words of wisdom—though hard to hear. Your dreams and desires may have been unfairly crucified and are now dead. But God is not dead! Your dream giver can resurrect a better plan guaranteed to give God all the glory. Keep walking with Jesus, even when you don’t see Him. He is with you offering wisdom and love.

Walking with Jesus will probably look different during different seasons of our life. As new believers we can run ahead of Him with unbridled zeal, trying to make things happen in our own strength—exhausted and unfulfilled. Or, as a seasoned saint we can become too passive, forgetting the bold faith that brought us through life’s ups and downs. Whatever season we experience, we can enjoy walking with Jesus—being loved as we listen, learn, and do—all for Jesus. Walking takes longer—which may be the point. More time to be with our sweet Savior! 

Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord” (Psalm 89:15, NLT).

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you that I can walk with Jesus. Give me the patience and faith to stay on the path with Him, through Christ’s love, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Application

What promise had God given me that I need to remind myself of and not forget?


Related Reading

Psalm 119:105; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 4:12


Worship Resource

Carrie Underwood: Victory in Jesus


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