I love bread.
In fact, I judge a restaurant by its bread. The eating establishment gets extra points for bread with a spread, like olive oil or butter and honey.
That’s why “bread” is what I gave up when our church asked us to fast from something at the start of the year. It’s a sign to God that I am willing to forego something I adore to show my heavenly Father that I adore Him more. It’s a small sacrifice to demonstrate to God that this year belongs to Him and I desire His direction. Every time I see a basket of bread on the table, my small sacrifice points to a much larger sacrifice, Jesus’ body broken for me.
But it’s just like the enemy of our souls to try to throw us off track. This week I was at an event that served a pasta dish. You can’t eat pasta without delicious garlic bread, right? The bread on the buffet line became larger than life. I heard, “What would one piece hurt?” For a split second, I agreed, then thought about the guilt I’d feel if I broke this commitment. I didn’t let the Devil win. I left the buffet table, sans bread.
Maybe today, God is asking if you’ll give something up for Him as a sign of where He stands in your life.
A bad habit?
Those internet games?
God still loves it when we intentionally place Him ahead of the world. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
When we fast, we’re worshipping our Maker, and it is often an activation button for God.
- Moses received the Ten Commandments while fasting.
- Esther saved her people through a fast.
- Nehemiah was locked into his job, but fasting freed him to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
Matthew 6:18 clearly says God will reward us when we fast.
So why don’t we fast more?
As my word is “new” this year, I am hoping to make fasting more of a discipline in my life. Will you join me? (LBW)