Isaiah 58:3-5. Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after: a day to show off humility? To put on a pious long face and parade around solemnly in black? Do you call that fasting, a fast day that I, GOD, would like?”
The light merely flickered again and then off. Daisy was very irritated; she had been fidgeting with the annoying lamp for a while now and it still wasn’t working properly. She was just about to give up when it occurred to her to check the plug. To her chagrin it was half way out of the socket. She gave it a good push in and the room was flooded with light. Now she could catch up on her Nancy Drew adventures.
Everybody knows fasting is a period of self denial, what confuses people is why we fast. Fast is meant to reboot your system, give you a chance to unplug from the world so you can effectively be plugged into God. We all seem pretty well versed in unplugging ourselves from the world for a period or at least giving the appearance of having done so. What we are less skilled at is focusing on God.
When we fast the way God requires, there should be an inner evangelical witness. We don’t need to walk around with dour pious expressions fixed on our faces to let the world know we’re fasting; they should see the brightness of the glory of the Lord glowing from our soul. Of course if you don’t plug in a lamp you can’t expect it to give off light.
Think About This
Are you sure you’re plugged in to God properly?
Dear Lord, please show me where I’ve lost contact with you and how to fix it. In Jesus name I pray, Amen