Burning Within.

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32 NIV)

I heard this scripture the other day, so I caused me to look and read it for myself. This scripture was already speaking to me in the time from hearing it, to the time of reading it. The scripture says, that their hearts were burning while he was talking to them. What it is interesting here is that the disciples were walking with Jesus on the road and didn’t recognize that it was him until later in the story. When the disciples are sitting and having a meal with Jesus and he breaks bread, is when the scripture say there eyes were opened.

What gets me in this story is the powerful presence of Jesus in the midst of them, but they truly were not aware that it was him. The idea of their hearts burning within but not recognizing it was Jesus. I guess for me this scripture becomes a picture into the relationship and journey with Christ. Are our hearts burning within? Are we living our lives and going along with or without a sense of the burning that he brings into our inner person when he is close?

The Disciples recognized something, even though they didn’t know what it was till later. They sensed him, but were not completely sure. Jeremiah recognized the burning,

Jeremiah 20:9

…” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones…

I want this scripture to be a reminder and a measurement of my own journey, is the voice of The Lord burning within my heart? Think of a fire, maybe a campfire or fireplace. I love a good campfire and on a cold night getting up close feels great, you can really feel the heat. It is also very clear that you can feel the heat dissipate the further you walk away from the flame. Once you walk away from the flame you can feel the cold chill creep back in. This idea of the campfire is what I think of in regards to this scripture, closer we are to Jesus we can feel the burning deep in our hearts, when we distance ourselves the heat of the flame begins to disappear. It is my desire that the burning always remains all the way to the end. It is my desire that my heart is always burning, because I am close enough to hear him speaking.

Pastor Dave
760-243-4343
15260 Nisquali Rd
Victorville, Ca 92395
pastordave@vfassembly.org