John 4:32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
I love the stories of revival of days long ago. These stories are precious to me because they are my story. One of my favorite books is called ‘A Faithful Narrative’ written by Jonathan Edwards describing the effect of the awakening that hit his church in 1734-1735. He speaks of individuals becoming so overcome with the joy of heaven that they actually forgot to eat. Now that will get your attention. We may forget a lot of things but eating is not one of those things. Here is a description of this phenomenon by Edwards.
“Many, while their minds have been filled with spiritual delights, have as it were forgot their food; their bodily appetite has failed, while their minds have been entertained with meat to eat that others knew not of. The light and comfort which some of them enjoy, gives a new relish to their common blessings, and causes all things about ’em to appear as it were beautiful, sweet and pleasant to them: all things abroad, the sun, moon and stars, the clouds and sky, the heavens and earth, appear as it were with a cast of divine glory and sweetness upon them. The sweetest joy that these good people amongst us express, is not that which consists in a sense of the safety of their own state, and that now they are out of danger of hell; frequently, in times of their highest spiritual entertainment, this seems to be as it were forgotten. The supreme attention of their minds is to the glorious excellencies of God and Christ, which they have in view; not but that there is very often a ravishing sense of God’s love accompanying a sense of his excellency, and they rejoice in a sense of the faithfulness of God’s promises, as they respect the future eternal enjoyment of God.”
I love the simplicity of the effect of God’s outpouring. Edwards describes one of these effects as an unusual focus on the person of Christ Himself. He becomes strangely alluring, or as Solomon said, altogether lovely. He said there was also an interest in the surety of God’s promises. Revival began to burn into the hearts of God’s people the steadfast assurance that God’s promises are guaranteed. Thank you Lord. The same Spirit that aroused the love of the saints in 1734 is falling on us and awakening us in 2014. Jesus is ALTOGETHER LOVELY and His promises are sure.