Wednesday 27 April 2022

EMMET FOX #essentialsofrecovery

Your Daily Visits with God

Who is our peace? Of course, we all know that it is God alone who is our peace--although nearly all of us tend to forget it from time to time, however heartily we believe it. Our tendency is, occasionally at least, without realizing it, to rest upon ourselves, which means, of course, that we think that we are our own peace. We would never admit this to ourselves, but it happens, and the only result is that we get no results until we change that attitude.
As soon as we begin to think like that, we shall quickly realize it because things will start to go wrong, or we shall begin to feel a little depressed. Then, of course, we must remind ourselves that it is God who is our peace, and put our confidence in Him; in other words, rest on the Lord.
These mistakes occur from time to time, because we have been neglecting our daily visits with God. That visit can be prayer, meditation, spiritual reading, or any other spiritual exercise.
This daily visit is the greatest possible investment that you could make with your time--the ten or fifteen minutes, or half hour, whichever suits you best. Ask yourself what else you could possibly do with that time that would be of greater value, or really help you more. And yet people frequently postpone it because they tell themselves that they haven't time today, or have something much more urgent or important to do.
Now, when you think that you are too busy for your daily visit, let me ask you frankly, what wonderful thing are you doing that is more important? Obviously there could not be anything nearly as important as your daily visit with God. No matter what the other thing is it cannot be as important as that. There is nothing that you could possibly do with that time which would bring you greater benefit in every respect. As a matter of fact, if you have something very important and urgent to do you will always be able to find time to do it and to have your visit too. And your visit will make that very important thing go through much more easily and successfully.
Nearly always when some one tells himself that he has to neglect his daily visit because there is something urgent and important that must be done instead, the truth is that he has wasted that amount of time on things of no importance.
Neglect anything else if you must, but do not neglect your daily visit with God.
Acquaint now thyself with Him and be at peace.

Fox, Emmet (2010-09-07). Stake Your Claim: Exploring the Gold Mine Within (pp. 40-41). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
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