This is what God gave me today in His word:
But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? (Luke 24:37-38)
In yesterday’s post, we talked on the peace that Jesus gives everywhere He goes. However, His disciples don’t seem to become exactly “peaceful” when Jesus appears. In fact, they thought they were seeing a Spirit! Now, remember, if anyone on Earth were to be able to recognize Jesus, it would likely be these men. They’d eaten with Him, traveled with Him, and obeyed Him. And yet, at first, they believe they’re seeing a Spirit.
This is what happens to everyone (with some variations) that go through their circumstances. Namely, it happens to everyone who has had Jesus with them day in and day out. Who have lived with Him, who have traveled and obeyed Him whole heatedly… Only to suddenly seem to “lose” Him, and enter into a sort of “cold period”. And who then proceed to almost curl into them-self; who run away from and hide from their enemies. (John tells us that the disciples were hiding “for fear of the Jews”. See: John 20:19). Anyone who does this, will not recognize Jesus, at first.
As you may have gathered, I’m not talking about people who do that physically, as the disciples but those who do it Spiritually, which is something we are far more prone to doing. It’s even somewhat easy to go from seeming to have Jesus with you, to seeming to enter a time where His presence seems a little farther off. It’s even possible to get so doubtful of Christ and His saving power, that we don’t even recognize Him in the Scriptures.-We don’t even recognize Him when He “appears” to us. But, how can we keep ourself from becoming “cold”? How can we keep ourself from drifting away from Christ?
By making sure we can’t drift away. By that, I mean we should identify what weaknesses we have; where we have a tendency to give in, and then ask God to give us His strength to cut off all possible access to whatever is making us weak.
You are Loved!