Read 2 Kings 21:1 through 23:30; Luke 24:1–24
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 24:15, 16).
Sometimes the solution to a problem stands right beside us. The answer is often so close that we can be blinded by its nearness. This lack of recognition could have several explanations.
The first involves us. Occasionally, we get preoccupied with circumstances, just like the two on the Emmaus road. The recent events in Jerusalem had dashed their hopes in Jesus. Although they had witnessed His crucifixion and probably sat under His teaching, they did not recognize their Redeemer.
The second concerns timing and purpose. The Lord can hold back revelation and often does when it serves His purpose. God will only unveil His presence at the appropriate time. Jesus may have kept these two disciples from recognizing Him until He could give them a fuller understanding of God’s purpose.
Whether we are momentarily kept from recognition or preoccupied with our own concerns, the solution is always the same. We must stop and focus again upon Jesus.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me recognize Your presence on each road that I travel.
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2004 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission)