The measure of any Christian is his prayer life. Long ago an old saint said, “What a preacher is in his prayer closet is what he is and nothing more.” The thermometer of a church is its prayer meeting.
SAD OR GLAD?
For they all saw him, and were troubled.
Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
The disciples saw Him in a storm but supposed Him to be a spirit. They did not recognize Him. But in our second verse they saw the risen Lord and knew Him by the print of the nails in His hands and feet.
Surely the sight of the Lord should make us glad. But sometimes we wish not that it is He. He draws near, but, like the Emmaus disciples, we have holden eyes. What should thrill us only troubles us. Indeed, as the Emmaus disciples related their experience, Jesus appeared, but they “supposed that they had seen a spirit.” He quelled their fears then as He did in John’s account by showing the marks of the cross.
We walk by faith, not by sight, these days, and are not granted a view of Him with our eyes. But in His dealings with us He still walks our seas and comes into our rooms through doors we have shut. Alas, that fear so often sees a spirit when faith should see the Saviour! What should bring triumph then brings only trouble. See Him and be glad!