Monday, December 21, 2020

Orange Moon "Awake!"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 




       "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.  And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and He made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained Him, saying, Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And He went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?" (Luke 24:27-32).


    They weren't expecting Him.  So they missed the blessing of awareness that would have added to the gift they knew by being in the presence of the just risen Lord Jesus Christ.


    "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not!" (Genesis 28:16).


    If we don't expect the Lord's involved presence in our hearts and lives, we will miss far more of the wonder than we should.  "As thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee" (Matthew 8:13).  Of course, we presently "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7).  Thus, we cannot see most of our Heavenly Father's working in our lives.  However, we can all be more aware than we are, thus being privy to the Christ who meets us along many paths of our lives in ways that can be known if we are aware and expectant.  "I will look for Him" (Isaiah 8:17).


   The Lord Jesus was not pleased that two of His followers failed to recognize Him.  "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken" He reproved (Luke 24:25).  Our Lord wants to be known by His children.  He wants to be known by you and me.  Thus, we must do the things that make it more likely we will recognize His gracious involvement in our lives.  An open Bible, a prayerful heart, fellowship with believers, and the decisive determination to expect Him along the pathways of our lives prepares us for the illuminating faith expressed by the Psalmist: "My expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5).  Indeed, we don't want to be like the two who regretted their failure to realize Who it was they encountered along the way.  We want to be those who rejoice when our Savior meets us on pathways that shine with the bright light of His presence, and that also shine bright light into our ready and waiting hearts.


"Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."

(Ephesians 5:14).


Weekly Memory Verse

    "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."

(Ephesians 5:14)



















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