Have you ever thought God was so busy that He simply did not have time to connect with you as you were going through a difficult time? Well, you are not alone; we have all felt like that from time to time! But I have a word of great comfort for you today—what I call “inspired irony,” taken from the encounter between Jesus and two men on the road to Emmaus.
Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. (Luke 24:13-27)
How ironic for these men to ask Omniscience, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” And Jesus played right along with them for a while, responding innocently, “What things?”
Now, a moment of honest reflection should cause us to admit that we have been in the very same place on our own road to Emmaus, convinced that our Lord is simply out of touch with what is currently going on in our lives. We seem to be hearing the very same words He spoke to these men (“What things?”) in the middle of the storm winds that are blowing in our lives:
- Miscommunication things in our marriage … “What things?”
- Prodigal things in our parenting … “What things?”
- Stressful things in our singleness … “What things?”
- Fruitless things in our finances … “What things?”
The list could fill several pages. We feel at times that every thing we are going through we are going through alone. Yet nothing could be further from the truth! God not only knows what things we are dealing with in life, He is right there with us . . . every step of the way, just as He was with the two on the road to Emmaus.
God has promised His children, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). The next time you think you are dealing with the tough things of life alone, remember who is walking alongside you. His name is Jesus, and He will never leave your side. You have His Word on it!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!