Encouragement for the Fast by Pastor Laurel Gonzalo
Fasting has always been an interesting concept for me. Realistically speaking, it makes sense for God’s children to set aside the daily task of harvesting food, preparing food, cooking food, eating food, and cleaning up after food and spend that time focusing on Him instead.
In our culture, however, all those tasks can be absorbed into one trip through the fast-food drive-through! And the time spent waiting in line can be used to focus on prayer points for your fast! It’s a Win/Win! However, digging deeper one finds a secondary level of purpose…which is always God’s style.
He usually has several purposes and plans playing out at one time.
Denying our physical, earthly bodies something we know we need via a fast really lets us determine who is in charge of our life. Do I give in to every whim of perceived hunger that my body thinks it needs? “Oooo, that banana cream pie looks so good! I NEED it!” Or “I have to have my veinte, vanilla, two shot, iced coffee just to make it through the afternoon!” Really?
Or can I choose to deny this needy, whiny, physical body and make a small sacrifice for a short amount of time to honor the Awesome, Omnipotent, Magnificent God of The Universe?
I know we all want to make the choice to honor God. I know it’s difficult. But I know that the God who saved us, heals us, advises us, blesses us, and loves us will also strengthen us when we feel weak.
As we press into this last third of the fast, lean in to Jesus. It’s worth it.