Walking by faith and growing in love
Where are you on your faith
journey? It’s been a tough road lately hasn’t it? COVID-19 has turned our
lives upside down! “Shelter in place”, “social distancing”, “flattening the curve”,
these are phrases that didn’t even exist a few weeks ago! Change is
upsetting. Especially when we have to do without. No toilet paper or hand
sanitizer. Cancelled graduations and proms. No School. No job! Postponed
weddings and funerals… This is all so upsetting.
I think that we can all identify with Jesus’ disciples after he
died on the cross. In Luke 24 we see two men who were dejected as they walked
the road to Emmaus, the day of the first Easter. They had hoped that Jesus
would be the one “who would redeem Israel”, but now he was dead. They were
dealing with deep sorrow and death, and then Jesus showed up (but they didn’t
As they walked, the disciples shared their disappointment,
distress and doubt with the stranger (Jesus). And then Jesus explained
them from scripture how the Messiah HAD to die! It was part of
God’s plan of salvation. It was not until later that night, when their eyes
were opened to the fact that this “stranger” was actually Jesus their Lord!
They had not been looking for Jesus, but when He showed up, their hearts were
burning with faith!
If you are like me, sometimes you may struggle with your faith.
Why is God allowing all of this sickness to sweep across our world? But in the
midst of doubt, are you allowing Jesus to love you in spite of your struggles?
Are you and I a little like the disciples who didn’t even recognize Jesus, even
though He was walking right next to them?
I pray that the Holy Spirit would open your eyes to Jesus' love
for you today! That the Holy Spirit would guide you to walk with Jesus on your
faith journey as you grow to trust in God's graceful promises. Jesus' death on
the cross brings you life today! The effort to earn God's love for you was
finished by Jesus on the cross 2000 years ago! The victory of Easter is
May the victory of Easter enable you to recognize the depth of
God's love for you. May God's mercy given to you through Jesus Christ,
empower you to become more willing to share His gift of grace with others.
Posted April 23, 2020