TASTE THE LORD (565 words)
By Dalton Roberts
My Sunday Journal
Emmet Fox said, “Sooner or later you must put God first in your life…. true spiritual development must become the only thing that matters … You will do a lot less running about after things that do not matter.”
Isn’t it strange how a man can predict your life so completely? Emmet perfectly described how my life turned into a craving for God experiences. It seemed to me that my times with God were the times that I looked forward to each day I lived.
I empathize with Ernest Holmes statement that we do not need to prepare to meet God because we are meeting God each moment of our life. It is not a fearsome thing. It is a magnificently beautiful and awesome thing.
Those times when a tear of joy trickles down your face when you see something too beautiful for words. Like I said in one of my songs, “A rose can make me sigh, with a drop of dew in the corner of its eye. And sometimes a sunset can make me laugh and cry.”
I have moments of the awareness of Jesus hanging our with me when I literally freeze in place, not wanting anything to change. At least for those few moments, all is well in my world. Jesus can be as real as anything on Earth. I think he longs for our fellowship like we long for His.
In one place He said behold, I stand at the door and knock and if any man open the door, we will come in an sup with him. I have always wondered who the “we” is. my only answer is Jesus and the Holy Spirit. He said when He left that He was leaving the Holy Spirit to remind us of the words He had spoken to us. The Holy Spirit makes Jesus become real to us.
When I resumed my search for spiritual truth and reality at age 45, the only thing I asked of God was to let Jesus become real to me like he had been when I was a boy. It happened both instantaneously and gradually. Within days I was aware that Jesus had returned to me. Then the realization started growing. It has intensified over these years.
One agnostic friend asked, “How do you know it’s not ll in your head? I thought, “Where do most of the truths and realities of life dawn on us? In our heads! That’s what our heads are for. Anything that warms your head and mind ends up warming your heart, too.
Yes, Emmet is exactly right. When we devote our lives to spiritual development, lots of unimportant things drop by the wayside.
When we are freshly fed, we do not go seeking food. When we feast on the Lord, our appetite for many trivial things disappears.
I see people living daily in drama and turmoil and I wonder why they have closed themselves off to peace. Peace is available. When would anyone not take it? Jesus said, “My peace I leave unto you. Not as the world gives.” It is different in quality. He also said when we want to go a step beyond peace and move into joy, “My joy I leave unto you.”
One writer suggested, “Taste the Lord and see that He is good.”