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We have this confidence: God walks with us

Pastor Tom Schmidt, interim pastor

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

The days following Jesus death and crucifixion were peculiar. As followers of Jesus, they had seen miracles take place. The lame walked, blind given sight, lepers made whole and Lazarus raised from the dead. But now, they were trying to discover a new normal. What would the future hold?

Those are our questions today! What will the future hold? What will be the new normal?

Luke 24 shares a confidence in knowing that Jesus will walk with us in life.

We have this confidence to talk about exciting events. Luke 24:13-16 states: “Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.”

At this time, the talk was all about Jesus and the events that surrounded his death and resurrection.

Today, a lot of talk is going on in the public square. Opinions shared. What is right and what is wrong.

Usually in the spring, people would have loved to claim a NCAA Basketball Championship for their team. Who would wear the green jacket at the Master’s Golf Championship? Or maybe just to talk about what vegetables or flowers need to be planted.

We have this confidence that God is aware even when we are not. Luke 24:17-19 says, “He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’ They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’ ‘What things?’ he asked.”

God is a God who knows all things. Life brings questions. In the unknown greater faith can take root. Hope can fill our being. God knows! The God of Creation knows how to give hope in the day that we live in.

I can’t imagine having to endure the “stay home, stay safe” mandates without other family members. Some people are very lonely today. Consider ways to connect with people who might be deeply lonely. Reach out to the lonely so that they can have a confidence in God who is aware of their needs.

We have this confidence of assurance when our eyes are truly open to God’s Message. Luke 24:31-32 says, “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 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?’”

God opens our eyes to know him personally. We do not know the future, but we can have confidence that God is with us in the tomorrows because He walks with us today. He desires to walk and talk with us for all of life ahead.

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