ALERT: Gold-Edged Pages and Burning Hearts

While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him… And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 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?.. The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared!’” Luke 24:15-16,27-32,34

My progress through the expedited line at airport security was slow. After being called back twice for beeps of unknown reason, the alarm sounded again for my bag. The culprit? My Bible. The worn gold on the edges of the worn pages had triggered the alarm for metal. Ah, the Word is indeed powerful and active! (Hebrews 4:12)

The pair discussing Jesus’s crucifixion were deep in concern and opinion and suppositions until Jesus opened the Scriptures to them. Even then, though intrigued and attracted, they were too in-the-moment to recognize Him. It was not until at their meal when He blessed and broke the bread, which they had likely seen or heard of before, that they recognized who He was. Sometimes it takes an alarm, or an alarming act, to arrest our attention and point us to the Word. (Mark 6:41; 8:6; 14:22)

Does it always sound an alarm in our hearts? Does it trigger passion? Desire to grow? Does is jolt us in conviction? Devotion? Warning? A hunger for more? When faced with confusion, exasperation, or temptation, do we consult the signals of Scripture?

 When we go to the Word to read, will we ask for open minds and insight into its stories, themes, promises? Will we take time to listen, to dig, to glean from its living words what the personal Lord God has for me, today? And then, will we tuck the nuggets into our heart pockets, and carry what we’ve learned along our way to be powerful goads, to set off alarms throughout our hours that remind us what to think, how to love, who to bless? Will we apply what God has emblazoned on our hearts to direct us in wisdom and choices and responses and work?

Is the Living Word so alive in me that others take notice and recognize Him?

Father, may Your golden words ever call to me and awaken me from worldly stupor to hear and see my Savior. Sound Your alarms in the areas of my life that need Your holy touch, keep Your word working in me, and keep my heart burning with whole-hearted devotion for You. (Isaiah 50:4-5; Zechariah 4:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

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