Monday, February 13, 2023

He is with you

But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. Luke 24:16

Have you ever felt like you were alone in this life?  Maybe you have felt like you have no one to turn to or talk to when you need a friend?  I could be that you have just felt like no one cares enough to reach out to you and you just want someone to listen.

In today’s reading, there were two men walking and talking.  Jesus was with them, but they didn’t know it.  As they talked, Jesus asked them questions about why there were so sad, but they didn’t know it was Him.  They Jesus opened up the scriptures to them and spoke His words of wisdom about the things that had just happened.  He showed them through the scriptures that they had a reason to keep hope alive even though the outward circumstances didn’t look hopeful, but they still didn’t know He was with them.

It can be that way with us some days.  We start out our day focused on what we are struggling with or the activity we have to do that day, never acknowledging that He is with us.  We start out running into the day and never take a minute to thank Him for His presence all day long.  Sometimes, we even wonder why He isn’t showing up in our troubles, but He is there all along and His wisdom is there in His Word.  God’s Word is His promise to us and Jesus is His Word in the flesh and even though we cannot see Him, He is with us and when we speak His Words over our lives and those we love, we are sending Him into those lives to bless and make a way in their circumstances.

God’s Word is light and life and when you take them with you, you can hear Jesus speaking into your heart and into your life.  His Words will strengthen and energize you when you need to remember He is with you.  You can choose scriptures to take with you every day so that when you do feel alone or troubled, you can speak them and know that He is with you.  Scriptures like:

Matthew 28:20 – I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. 

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

Matthew 11:28 – Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

He is with you today even though you may not recognize Him or know it, but you can reveal His presence by speaking His Word into whatever your day holds for you.  Thank Him that He is with you and then thank Him for the promises He gave you in His Word.  If you do these things, you will always be able to chase your loneliness away.

Today I want to encourage you to start your day thanking Him that He is with you.  Don’t be like the men on the road to Emmaus that didn’t know He was with them.  Take some time to select some of His Words and promises to remind you that He is there and then when you feel lonely or afraid, speak that wisdom aloud and release His life into those feelings and your surroundings.  He is there with you all the time, but it is up to you to acknowledge Him in all your ways and speak the life Words that show His presence with you.

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 24:13-27

13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 

14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 

15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 

16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 

20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 

21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 

22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 

23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 

24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 

26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 

27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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