This may seem like a strange verse to memorize, but if you’ve ever tried fasting, I would bet it hits home. For the last several years, my church held a 21-day fast at the beginning of January to pray for focus and direction for the new year.
I always began strong and would find myself sliding into a pity-party by the end of the first week. Why was it so easy to complain? It’s not like God was making me fast food and distractions to spend time with Him. It’s not like I was even really having to sacrifice. (We did what some people refer to as a “Daniel fast”, which is patterned after the fast Daniel did and which you can read about in Daniel 10. Basically, you still get to eat – just not all the stuff that you would want to eat.)
Why did I feel the need to bring attention to my fasting? The urge came on more quickly than I wanted to admit. Fasting brings to light the deepest issues of the heart. It shows us whether or not God is enough for us. It helps us rely on His Holy Spirit. It helps us say no to self.
We’ll delve deeper this week, but meditate on this verse for a while. What does it mean to you?
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