Go to God … First!
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. (Luke 24:13-16)
The same day Mary Magdalene discovered the empty tomb and conversed with the angels; the same day Peter and John had a footrace to the tomb only to discover the grave clothes neatly folded and left behind; this same day we find two more of Jesus’ followers on the road to the village called Emmaus discussing the events that had transpired over the past few days. All of these events occur on the same day that Christ rose! In each instance we discover both confusion and wonder mixed with disillusionment and perhaps even despair and hopelessness. Talking among themselves, these first followers are seeking answers, comfort, and direction that only God can provide.
Ever been in that position? This so reminds me of King David when he found himself in this same quagmire of emotional turmoil. He and his troops had just returned to Ziklag from marching with Achish, only to discover their town had been raided and burned and all of the women in it, young and old alike, along with their sons and daughters, taken captive. And then the Bible tells us this:
So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.
(1 Samuel 30:4)
I would venture to say that confusion, disillusionment, despair, and hopelessness were the emotional state of David and his men. Always loyal to David, these men were now talking of stoning him due to the bitterness of their soul over the circumstances in their lives. We must remember when we are in severe emotional turmoil; chances are, like David’s men, our thinking can be askew.
But instead of seeking answers or refuge or consolation from his counselors, David turns to the Lord for his strength!
But David found strength in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6)
David was practicing a one of his own life principles: Trusting in God in all situations! We see in the Psalms his confidence in God’s deliverance:
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8)
Walking along the road to Emmaus, discussing the events that had recently transpired, these two followers of Jesus were trying to make some sense of it all. The accounts that had been brought to them regarding Jesus’ resurrection had seemed to them as sheer nonsense. Approaching them to walk along the road with them, they were absolutely kept from laying hold of Jesus’ true identity. For all they knew, He was just a stranger on His way to Emmaus as well. How like Jesus to come into their midst!
Take It to Heart
Next time we are disillusioned or in a quandary, instead of turning to the arm of flesh for guidance and consolation, let us turn to the Lord and to His omnipotent hand.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalm 5:3)
Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
God instructs him and teaches him the right way. (Isaiah 28:26)
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)