Fasting is all about appetite. The writer of Hebrews says, “Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite”
(Hebrews 12:16, MSG).
It seems bizarre that Esau would sacrifice something so valuable for something so small, but the truth is, it happens to all of us. We can find ourselves settling for less for the sake of satisfying short-term appetites.
Fasting is ultimately a declaration of what our greatest appetite is and what we believe will ultimately satisfy us. This is precisely why God honors fasting and works so powerfully through it. In his book, A Hunger for God, John Piper writes, “God rewards fasting because fasting expresses the cry of the heart that nothing on the earth can satisfy our souls besides God. God must reward this cry because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
THE RIGHT PERSON:
It has been said that the need for instant gratification distracts us from long-term success, and the enemy of our souls tempts us in so many ways to bend to its will, sending us into a cycle that can be hard to stop. But fasting interrupts that cycle, stripping away all that diverts, and resets our sights on Him. It removes (and often exposes) what the enemy has put in our way to greater intimacy with God. And amazing too is that the Spirit works within us in the process in such a way that builds up our spirits, from strength to strength, to recall our true identity, to refute lies, and exercise our authority to rule over the very things that can distract us.
You ARE the right person, and you ARE in the right place!