Have you ever tried to carry something that looked lighter than it actually was and ended up needing help from others to lift it? Maybe it was a boxed item off the shelf at a store, or maybe it was a piece of furniture at your house. Maybe it wasn’t something physical you needed help with, as much as it was emotional and spiritual. Maybe you felt the weight of the pandemic on an emotional and mental level and were in need of strength outside yourself.
In the same way, there is nothing like fasting to remind you of your weakness, but there is also nothing like fasting to remind you where real strength is found.
At times, all of us can live under the illusion that we have what it takes to handle whatever comes our way, but seasons of fasting remind us that only through dependence on God can we truly overcome.
In John 15:5, Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing”.
And Paul reminds each of us that “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13)!
God has all the strength you need, and as you seek Him, you will see His strength flow into your life in a new and dynamic way. So, as you continue this fast be encouraged that though you may feel weak, He is making you stronger.
LISTEN TO HIS WHISPER:
Fasting is a great way for us to get out of our head and into God; a reminder as we battle hunger pains, or coffee withdrawal or fend off the urge to watch Netflix, that our strength can't possibly be coming from ourselves to have come this far, and to keep moving forward. It has to be coming from God pouring His own strength into us. And if the Creator of all the minutiae of the universe is pouring into us, then we truly can do all things in Him who strengthens us!
Today, and this last week, feel His joy, His delight in you. Love on Him and offer yourself up once again to Him for His great purposes. Watch how He increases your awareness of Him, and how He strengthens and guides you. Listen as He whispers, "my dearest child,
You are the right person, in the right place, at the right time!"