For the “Slow-Hearted,” Like Me

     And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, of all your post-resurrection appearances (1 Cor. 15:3-7), my favorite is your visit to forlorn friends on the road to Emmaus. I have much in common with them (Luke 24:13-35). I too am foolish and slow of heart, in constant need of the Spirit’s ministry to free me from my unbelief. I remain grateful for your tenacious tenderness, limitless patience, and steadfast love.

Jesus, continue to do for me what you did for my Emmaus Road brothers. Help me to see you everywhere in the Scriptures—the point and pinnacle of the entire Bible, it’s big heartbeat and only hero, its lead character and gifted director.

May Moses’s words—especially the Law, constantly drive me to you. For you have fulfilled the demands of the law for us and are now fulfilling the beauty of the law in us. Keep me clear and free from every expression of “me-centered,” earning-based, grace-lite spirituality. The older I get, the more I want to hear your glorious declaration, “It is finished!” and really believe it.

And keep convincing me you are the resounding “Yes!” to every promise God has made through the prophets (2 Cor. 1:20). Things in our world are not as they appear. Providence, not happenstance, rules the universe. Having risen and ascended to the Father’s right hand, you are presently making all things new. You are sovereign over every cricket and crisis, every sorrow and every star. Faith, not fear, is the order of this and every day.

Give me an incurable case of “redemptive heartburn,” Jesus, like that which you ignited in the hearts of my Emmaus brothers. Keep showing me more of your glory and grace, that I might give you the adoration and allegiance of which you alone are worthy. So very Amen I pray, in your holy and transforming name.



from Scotty Smith Posts – The Gospel Coalition


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