“Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened up to us the scriptures?” (LK 24:32).
Much like with the downcast disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus is always speaking to us on our journey with him, even in the midst of our disappointments, discouragement, and despair. And even if we might be heading in the wrong direction, away from his purpose and place for our lives!
The real questions that we need to ask ourselves, are simple: “Are we listening?,” “Do we even recognize that it’s Jesus speaking to us?” And, of course, “Are we willing to heed what we hear?”
Listening ears result in burning hearts!
Oh, by the way, that’s even true if you are discouraged, sitting in a prison cell, and contemplating throwing in the towel, like the prophet Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 20:9, Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
The Bible and church history are replete with examples of men and women who had listening ears, burning hearts, and obedient wills. And, as we all know, these are the men and women who eventually changed their world for good and for God!
Our hearts often become cold, calloused, and carnal. They are prone to wander from the God we love, and the God who loves us.
When they do, it’s time to take a little walk with Jesus, open our ears, open our hearts, and, yes, open our Bibles!
O Lord, give me a listening ear and an obedient heart!
Just Reflecting on a Burning Heart!!!