It took me almost two months to read Prodigal God by Timothy Keller. I’m not a slow reader, but I couldn’t absorb this one more than a few pages at a time. It’s like Keller could read my crazy mind, shocking and scalding in the way he did that. Like too-hot hot chocolate that I needed to sip so I didn’t get too burned.
A couple days ago I read this:
“There is a difference between believing that God is holy and gracious, and having a new sense on the heart of
the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace. The difference between believing that God is gracious and tasting that God is gracious is as different as having a rational belief that honey is sweet and having the actual sense of its sweetness.” (from a sermon by Jonathan Edwards)
Here’s my while-sipping-my-book-like-hot-chocolate revelation:
I think I spend more time talking about God rather than tasting the reality of Him.
In fact, I wonder how long I’ve been stuck in this place. It’s as if I believe things about God but have stopped short of actually tipping the bottle back and allowing His sweetness to drip down the back of my throat. There’s nothing wrong with talking and believing. But it’s the experience of the reality of God that builds unshakable faith that can weather the worst of what life throws.
How about you? Do you know all about the sweetness of God or have you actually tasted it?
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