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Dan Augsburger
Lingering With Jesus

Key Thoughts: It is possible to hear from God directly without it affecting our hearts. (2) Apparently God will only share some information with us, if we especially invite him to tarry with us

"Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him." Luke 24:30,31

To the disciples walking to Emmaus, Jesus was only a stranger initially, and an uninformed one at that! As they put it to him: “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?" Then they told the "stranger" about the dispiriting events that had unfolded over the weekend, and expressed their disappointment that Jesus had not been the hoped for one either.

Jesus responded by opening the scriptures about Himself to them, starting with Moses. Needless to say it was probably one of the most complete Bible studies ever given on the topic, and probably made for an interesting journey

Concerned for his wellbeing, they invited him home. It was only when they were sharing supper that it suddenly dawned upon them that the stranger was their beloved Master!

Two things strike me: (1) Apparently it is possible to hear from God directly without it affecting our hearts. (2) Apparently God will only share some information with us, if we especially invite him to tarry with us—if we take more personal time with Him! I am guessing that some days our busy schedules seem to preclude such tarrying. It goes without saying that we are poorer for our hurry.

So, are you spend time reading your Bible and praying every day? Are you also tarrying so that He can personally reveal Himself to you? I know you want that and so do I. I also know it is daily challenge. I think as we take time day after day, we will increasingly have the kind of "supper" moments described above.

Father in heaven, I could stand to have you give me a few Bible studies. I would love to better understand what is going on in the world right now, as well as how to live for you in such a way that all will want to love and honor You. But I want you to touch more than just my mind, but my heart and everything else too. Please do the same for reading this post. You know what the day holds for him. or her You know the challenges coming. You know the things Satan has been doing to discourage. We come to You together this day, asking that you would be the GREAT priority in this person's life. Please send angels and help in whatever ways are needed, that every demand of truth and of duty might be met. Please do this for Jesus' sake, Amen.

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