In preparation for Holy Week, I read through Luke 24 on the passage of Christ’s time on Earth after his resurrection.
No matter how many times we read this story, or any scripture for that matter, God can always provide a new revelation to us. I experienced this when reading verses 15-16, when Jesus joined the two men walking on the road to Emmaus. It reads, “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.”
What caught my attention was verse 16 — “but they were kept from recognizing him.”
As we read on, we see that they didn’t recognize him until some time after they were reunited with the other disciples. Verses 30-31 tell us that, “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.”
In these scriptures we see a period of time where God prevented the two men from seeing and recognizing one of the greatest gifts we could ever receive. But why?
I think God does this to achieve a greater purpose. Though we may not have the issue of losing the ability to physically recognize someone, I firmly believe that God allows us to “see” things that were previously hidden to us when He is ready to allow a greater purpose to unfold.
Whether you are struggling to see the next step in a major decision that may affect your family, or you just lost your job and have no ability to see beyond the current circumstances, it’s important to trust that God will reveal His plan to you in His perfect time.
And when we finally see the situation clearly, we must also remember the action that followed when the men recognized Jesus — “Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.” (Luke 24:52-53)
When you approach a patch of life or work that is confusing or unclear to you, look towards God. When you do reach a season of new visibility and clarity, remember to give thanks and praise to the ultimate Giver of true vision.
He is Risen!
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