Keep Pushing Through
I went to bed last night thinking "just day 2!" Maybe you did as well? The first 3 days are always the most difficult adjustment. Your routine is thrown off, your body is still trying to tell your spirit what to do and you might begin second guessing what all the fuss is about. Will fasting change your circumstances? Let me address each one of those.
1. Your routine is thrown off.
Yes and this is a good thing. I agree that routine gives life order and moves the ball down the field. However, routines need to be shaken up to deliver non-routine results. Bad habits are just as likely to become routine as good ones. It takes 21 days to break a bad habit and 21 days to produce a new one. Endure to the End!
2. Your body is complaining.
Yes it is. It has gotten its way all year - why wouldn't it throw a little bit of a tantrum like headache? The fast isn't forever but it is long enough to build discipline, which we all need more of. This 21 days of breaking routine and building in a new spiritual routine is SOOOOO worth it! You will see chocolate cake again and it's not like you have to break up permanently with Chick-fil-a or BBQ. Matthew 6:33 (Amplified Version) says, "33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also." You have made the move to Seek First - you will gain more than you can ever imagine when you get more of God and although blessings will follow they will pale in comparison to the depth of relationship with God you have nurtured.
3. Will fasting change your circumstances?
Yes. How can I be so sure? Do a Bible search on the word "fast". You can do this easily with a website called BibleGateway.com. Read the stories that you find and you will find a breakthrough. Is fasting magic? No! But fasting is supernatural connecting to us to the ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING, ALL PLACES God. We don't have the power. He does. We aren't in control. He is. Fasting is a way that we surrender to God, listen for His voice and follow His instruction. He either changes our circumstances or He changes us in the middle of our circumstances. Either way, positive change occurs.
Let me encourage you to not give up at the beginning. Is this hard, sure it is. Has your schedule all of a sudden blown up, and you have had no time to pray or read your Bible - much less think about God? Probably. Satan does not want you to do this nor does he want fasting to be a regular part of your life. FIGHT! Don't give in. Fasting isn't a fad. It's a practice grounded in truth and anchored in Jesus. Keep pushing through and what you do in secret God will reward openly!
- Pastor Charlie