I love the last day of our weeks of fasting. There is a sense of completion. But, there is also a time to reflect. To reflect on the week gone by…on discoveries made…on spiritual intimacy with your Savior…on possible physical pain…on a heightened sense of spiritual awareness…and on getting through it!
Seven days is a long time. I could only find two examples in Scripture when people fasted for a set period of 7 days (1 Samuel 31:13; 1 Chronicles 10:12). Yes, there were 40 day fasts (Matthew 4:2 – Jesus; Deuteronomy 9:9 – Moses; 1 Kings 19:8 – Elijah). But, typically, the period is shorter.
I have been praying for you this week. I don’t know how many of you have fasted. I don’t know what you have fasted. But, I have prayed. I have prayed that you would remain faithful and that you would experience the joy of faithfulness.
HOW DID YOU DO IT?
So, how did you get through it? How did you make it to the final day? Some may say that it is because you were faithful. And, yes, you had to be faithful. You had to demonstrate discipline…denial of self. You had to plan your days and deal with temptation. But, is that truly how you made it? Your faithfulness?
Ultimately, you made it because God is faithful! I know this is my own testimony. Physically, emotionally, spiritually…it is His strength, His provision. I love Lamentations 3:22-23: 22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Consider that the author of Lamentations (Jeremiah) wrote during a time of great duress for him and for his people. Yet, in the midst of that his reflection is on the Lord’s great faithfulness.
Today is a day to celebrate! Yes, it is the completion of a commitment. Yes, your completing it means you were faithful.
However, on this day, let us ultimately celebrate the One whose mercies are new every morning, whose steadfast love never ceases, whose faithfulness is great!
To God be the Glory!
1. What have you learned about God this week?
2. What have you learned about yourself this week?
3. What is one takeaway from your week of fasting that can impact you beyond this week?
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)