Hey y’all! Today I wanted to share with you all about my recent fast.
What is fasting you may ask? Fasting is when you take a break from something that takes up your time with God. Instead during your fasting you pray and spend time with God and in His Word. Originally fasting was going without food and/or drink. Food was seen as so important, and it is, but for some it’s not what takes time away from God.
When I first heard my pastor say that the church was doing a week long fast, I knew I wanted to do it. And the first thing that popped into my mind to fast was my laptop. I kept trying to think of something else that was taking up my time that I could fast but God kept popping the first idea into my head.
Eventually I was like, ok, fine, I’ll do it. I knew it was the perfect thing but I was relunctant. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I would live without it.
To be completely honest, my fast wasn’t that successful. And that was my fault. Yeah I put my laptop away for the week, and I went on it three times for important matters (work, banking _). But I did spend more time with God. I should have. I should have been catching up on my read-the-entire-Bible-in-one-year reading. I should have been praying. I should have been doing my devotions. But I wasn’t. I had filled up my time with other things. That’s not to say I didn’t read my Bible at all but I could have done more.
That’s how not to do a fast. Fasting to meant to help you grow closer to God, not for you to fill that extra time with something else.
And the Bible says that you shouldn’t look sad when you are fasting. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and was your face, so that it will not be obvious to to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:16-18. In other words everyone doesn’t need to know you are fasting. And no one should fast just to seem more spiritual or do it to brag. Fasting should just between you and God, and it’s to grow you. That’s the point of it. If you do it for attention, that’s the only “reward” you get.
This was still my first real fast that I chose to do. Taking a break from my laptop did me a lot of good. It was a learning experience and I’m glad this was part of my adventure.