Recently, someone said to me, “God be with you.” I don’t know where it came from but an answer just popped into my mind and out of my mouth. “I’m not sure He has a choice,” I said. “He’s omnipresent!”
While it doesn’t always feel like it, God never leaves us. It is we who move. We get distracted. We walk away. Consider the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-33). They were walking away from everything - away from the other disciples, away from Jerusalem, away from the cross, away from the tomb - away from Jesus. And He chased them. Once he caught them, He taught them. Next week, we will explore this story more as we study about Thinking New Thoughts.
Compare Jesus chasing the two disciples down the road to Emmaus with Jesus’ breakfast conversation with Peter in John 21:15-17.
How are they similar?
What does Jesus say in each encounter that needs to be heard?
Why does Jesus say different things to the different disciples?
Where does each conversation lead?
Why do we try to pretend we don’t make mistakes?
Often our errors and mistakes lead to our greatest breakthroughs and result in our most significant life changes. Tell the story of an poor decision and a wise decision that lead you to maturity. How have your mistakes shaped you?
What would in have been like to hear that Jesus was alive?
Why had it been difficult to see Him for who He really was until this point?
Would you have reacted like the women?
How does it challenge you?
How could you use your failings to bring hope to others on their spiritual journey? Does this seem like a strange way to glorify God? Or not?
How has the Love of God been revealed to you recently?
How has the Love of God been revealed in you recently?