Reading: “And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”—Luke 24:32
Should we not do this now as the disciples of Jesus did then—to speak of Jesus and with Jesus by the way?The Lord’s people, and especially when coming from the Lord’s house, should be distinguished from the frothy conversation of mere carnal worshippers. I would, by talking of Jesus, invite Him to mingle with us and open to our understandings the scriptures.
I would therefore sometimes ask one and another and myself, when returning from the house or the table of the Lord, how went the matter with your soul today? I pray you tell me. Was the King at court? Did He receive petitions? Did He answer prayers?Were you refreshed?Were you healed and comforted? Were you made joyful in His house of prayer?
Surely we might hope, by such edifying inquiries, each would help the other—the husband his wife and the wife her husband and for the children also. And he of whom it is said the Lord hearkened and heard, when of old the people of God were often talking one to another, would again draw near and make the heart hum with the sweet manifestations of his love.
But chiefly, blessed Master, if I meet with none to ask whether they have seen the King in His beauty, give me to taste of the sweet savour of His grace myself. Come to me, Lord, in the refreshing, strengthening, soul-rejoicing manifestations of Your presence, for Your love is better than wine, and the very crumb from under Your table is more delicious than the honey and the honeycomb.
“Communion with God makes bitter things sweet; and massive things light.”—Thomas Brooks
Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.