Why do we resist fasting?

6 01 2009

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, our church just started a 21-day fast.  I know some people are excited about it, but some people aren’t.  I also remember times in my life when I really didn’t want to fast.  I’ve been thinking about that lately, from this angle:

Why do we resist fasting?

I think the answer is fairly simple: we don’t like being weak.  Although, we are weak, so really, what we don’t like is realizing our weakness.  We don’t want to see it or feel it.  We want it to remain covered up.  So we certainly don’t want to embrace voluntary weakness.  But we forget that the Bible says when we are weak, then we are strong (in 2 Cor. 12:9-10).

Another reason we don’t like fasting is because it reveals what controls us.  We can deny the power of the flesh all we want, but try to do something like fasting from food and see how it throws a fit.  It has quite a large influence on our decisions, if we don’t die to self.  We don’t like it when we don’t get our way…

Fasting also reveals to us how important our comfort is.  Of course fasting primarily applies to food, but the concept applies to other areas.  Give up some of your optional spending to give more to missions and you realize there may be some greed and materialism in you.  Give up TV for a while and realize how important it has become to your daily routine.

Think about it…  And if you don’t ever fast, why not?  Obviously giving up something for a time so you can pray more has to be a good thing.  Why do we resist it?




2 responses

11 01 2009

We should fast from resisting instead of resisting fasting. Fasting is freeing and God uses those times to get your focus back on Him and not ourselves. It teaches us to do one of the hardest commands in the Bible: Crucify the flesh DAILY! Dead men don’t need their flesh satisfied!

14 01 2009

Fasting shows us how important our temporary comforts are to us. And we don’t like to realize that. Perhaps we’re afraid of what we’ll find if we take away all the entertainment and worldly enjoyment. What if there isn’t much spiritual “substance” to our life? It may not be fun to look, but we need to do an inventory on ourselves every so often, just to make sure we’ll still on the right track. It’s easy to get complacent in some areas, even when we don’t want that to happen.

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