I’m still thinking about Sunday’s message and the verse from Luke 24:16, “But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (esv)
It’s hard when you can’t see God–especially if you’re going through a difficult time in your life. In the case of those discouraged disciples headed home to Emmaus their eyes were kept from recognizing Jesus. Some have called it blindness caused by doubt. To be sure, doubt blurs faith’s vision. But in the Greek it’s a passive verb which places the responsibility outside the disciples.
As the story unfolds it becomes obvious God hid Himself to teach them. Had Jesus allowed them to immediately recognize Him, their joy and their questions would have set the agenda. But since there were things they needed to know and lessons they needed to learn; “their eyes were kept from recognizing him.”
In Isaiah 45:15 we read, “Truly you are a God who hides yourself. O God of Israel, the Savior” (esv).
Does God seem to have hidden Himself in your situation? Before their eyes were opened those two disciples on the road to Emmaus had their hearts set on fire by hearing God’s Word and being in God’s presence. In time they discovered the encouraging truth that the Lord was with them even when they didn’t see Him.